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Song Prompt: The Life Of An Historic Character

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 | 0 comments

There are great characters who create great stories throughout history. The best thing about those stories is that all you have to do is a...

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Song Prompt: Picture Of Yourself

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 | 0 comments

I recently got a song prompt at a songwriting workshop (yes – a virtual workshop), that initially I was going to pass on.  The...

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Finding Inspiration Around You

Posted by on Aug 9, 2020 | 0 comments

Finding Inspiration is a hard thing to come by sometimes. To help inspire you, try some unconventional sources – your photos, a...

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2 Hour Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 | Comments Off on 2 Hour Songwriting Exercise

Whether you aspire to write songs in Nashville, or just write great songs, the 2 Hour Songwriting Exercise could be one of the best ways...

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SC Exercise: Write For An Artist

Posted by on May 5, 2019 | Comments Off on SC Exercise: Write For An Artist

This exercise focuses on writing for another artist. You’ll work through some simple steps to (1) find an artist that works with...

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SC Exercise: Turning Poems Into Songs

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 | Comments Off on SC Exercise: Turning Poems Into Songs

Turning poems into songs sounds like something that’s pretty easy to do. After all, the words are there. The rhyme is there. The...

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Song Sketching Exercise Using Story Arcs

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Song Sketching Exercise Using Story Arcs

If you’ve ever been in a high school English class, you’ve studied how drama is created in a play, a novel or short story. So...

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What’s Furniture In Lyrics?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 | 1 comment

You’ve probably gotten song critiques that suggest you need more furniture in lyrics to give the song a stronger sense of showing...

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Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

One of the easiest ways to increase your understanding of point of view (POV) is to take a song you’ve completed and work through...

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Get A Second First Line Opinion!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 | 0 comments

A second first line opinion means just that.  This songwriting exercise will focus on getting some second opinions about your first...

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Verb Power

Posted by on May 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Making your songs memorable includes not only a great story, but great imagery as well. The words “jump” and...

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George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 | 0 comments

How did “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” evolve from George Harrison’s songwriting self-assignment? In his own words from...

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

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 | 0 comments

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...

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From Outlines To Songs

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Let’s tie some song prompts to creating outlines to songs! Everything you’re doing to learn songwriting should be in a...

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Ghost Songs: Melody Writing

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Stuck with a blank page and nothing is really inspiring you? Start with a song you like and build a new one! It’s called a...

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4 Steps To Connect Your Song Scenes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Here are four easy steps to help you connect the verses in your song – or song scenes! Following them will help make your song more...

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Radiohead “Creep” Inspired By 1972 Song?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Wondering how “ghost song” songwriting exercises turn into  hits? Radiohead gave credit to the songwriter and song that...

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Zane Williams: Word Challenge Exercise

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Think songwriting prompts and exercises can’t turn into something good? Zane Williams shows you how he took some fan suggestions as...

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Song Prompt: Write A Book

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Don’t worry, you won’t have to write a book in its entirety! This prompt focuses on a single aspect of a book. Take fifteen...

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Song Prompt: Common Object

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 | 0 comments

A common object can often be one of your best song prompt sources. While they seem pretty mundane, they’re around a lot, and often...

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Song Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Thinking out loud to get a song started is a great way to remove yourself from your normal approach. For example, if you always write in...

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Song Prompt: Mystery Package

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments

What better way than a mystery package that arrives at your home to get the creative buzz going? Remember – this is about getting...

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Song Prompt: Confrontation

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 | 0 comments

How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:   Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic. We’ve also...

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20 Questions Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the easiest ways to get your songwriting kicked off is to simply answer some questions. But once you start writing, you tend to...

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