No Time For Songwriting? 10 Minutes & Start 5 Songs!

Jan 1, 2016 | Exercises

One of the biggest reasons I hear for someone not writing songs is that they have no time for songwriting.

We all have lives that pull us into the day-to-day minutia that seems to drain away our creativity.

But what if you don’t need a full two hours of silence to keep your songwriting going each day? Or even one?

What if you could start five songs right now to add to your notebook and only invested two minutes into each?

That’s 10 minutes out of your day to get 5 song ideas down!


No Time For Songwriting?


1  Pick a person you see at the grocery store, bank, work, coffee shop (your normal day), and take 2 minutes to write “their story.” You can use some of the questions below to get you going.

(Recording on your phone is fine – if it’s good enough for an Adele #1, it works for me!)

  • You noticed them for a reason, what was it?
  • Describe what stands out about them


2  What sounds do you hear around you? If you string them together, does it create a melody – or at least a rhythm?  Hum it out loud and record it.


3  Pull out some old or unfinished songs.

  • Take 1 minute to shuffle through them – anything catch your attention (title, line, verse, chorus)?
  • Pull it aside and take 1 minute to free flow an idea – just write for one minute about whatever you were attracted to


4  Write down at least one “line” you hear someone else say during the day. It doesn’t need to be a hook or a line that ends up in a song – just write down a cool sounding line.

  • Maybe you liked the rhythm of it – record that into your phone
  • If it was a phrase, what does it mean to you?


5  Note someone’s emotional response to something. Write down 5 adjectives, synonyms, nouns or verbs that tie to the emotion based on the moment.


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