Songwriting should be fun, but sometimes we lack creativity. Half the battle, in most cases, is being able to change our perspective, so that we can think within our songwriting process differently. Here are 10 ways you can add "creative perspective" to your songwriting. Try each of these ideas out while writing your songs and see what happens. Most of all, have fun!
1. Brain Dump: Set a timer and write as much as you can possibly think about within that amount of time (5-10 minutes/ 10-15 minutes/ 15-20 minutes/ 20-30 minutes). Write down random words, phrases, pictures, anything that comes to your mind in the moment. Do not seek to analyze this yet. Just write. After the selected length of time is over, circle or highlight the things that seem to fit into similar groups. Then think about how they fit together to form an idea or concept as a whole.
2. Collaboration: Two heads are better than one, so grab a friend to share ideas with.
3. Observation: Learn to observe people, places, things, culture, current events and write about what you see!
4. Re-invent the Wheel: Start by listening to a song you enjoy. Then try writing new lyrics to it.
5. Critical Analysis: Use "the 5Ws" to analyze your song lyrics- Pick a topic and write down the Who, What, Where, When, Why of your topic to better understand it.
6. Sensation: Write about your song topic using the five senses. For example, what does your song feel like or smell like (figuratively)? What would your song look like, if you were to visualize its main theme.
7. Interpretation: Look at a piece of art and write down your thoughts about how to interpret its meaning or purpose. Watch a movie and write down its main themes, morals, ideas, creative methods to turn into lyrics.
8. Deconstruction: Breakdown your thoughts on an idea or concept. Seek to relate it to different contexts or analyze it from different points of view.
9. Ear Hustle: Listen to a conversation on the topic and take notes. For example, you can tune into a podcast or watch a video on YouTube.
10. Scaffolding: Try this exercise:
a. Take a song you like — any song at all, from any era, in any style — just so long as it is familiar to you.
b. Write a new lyric to that song; Verse for verse, chorus for chorus, refrain for refrain.
c. Take that new lyric and arrange completely new music to it. Try switching keys, time signatures, tempo, etc., to remove yourself from the original.
d. Edit. Adjust your new words and melody to fit your newly established mood. Rewrite as necessary.
To the reader: I hope these are helpful and fun for you. If you try any of these ideas in your songwriting process, post a comment and let me know how they might have helped or didn't help you.