43 Inspiring songwriting prompts and exercises
So you decided you want to write original songs, which is cool because then you have something that’s really yours! And since we’re all in quarantine you’ve got enough time to do it;) But songwriting can be a bit hard, especially if you just start. You could run out of inspiration or you just can’t seem to get that melody right. I got a few songwriting prompts for you to come up with ideas for your song. But I also got some tips for you on how to stay inspired and make songwriting a little bit easier.
One of the most important things about a song is the subject. Some people find it hard to think of a subject for their songs. I got a few ideas that may help you write your own song!
– Write a song about a lesson you had to learn.
– Write a song about having no regrets.
– Write a song with an instrument you normally wouldn’t use.
– Put your favorite playlist on shuffle and write a song with the same vibe as the song that comes on.
– Write a song only using minor chords.
– Write about something hard you had to go through.
– Write a song about missing a loved one.
– Write a Christmas song.
– Write a song about being anxious.
– Write a road trip song.
– Write a song with a summer vibe.
– Go to someone and ask if they can name a random topic, write a song using that topic.
– Write a really cheesy love song.
– Write about someone being ‘the one’
– Write about falling in love.
– Write about how you can’t stop thinking about someone.
– Write about feeling safe when you’re with the one you love.
– Write a song about what you like about your crush/boy or girlfriend.
– Write about a romantic date.
– Write about a bad break-up.
– ‘Why did you leave me?’
– Write a song about having hope.
– Write a song about losing hope.
– Write a song about your best friends.
– Write about being there for someone.
– Write a song with a color in the title.
– Write a song about being hopeless.
– ‘I thought I knew the real you’.
– Write a song about self-love.
– Write about someone you aren’t friends with anymore.
– Open a book on page 111, the first sentence is the topic/vibe of your song.
– Write a song for each season.
– Write about your favorite city/place.
– Write a song about family.
– Write a song about something you would’ve done differently if you could go back in time.
– Write a song about realizing a relationship isn’t working out.
– Write a song about apologies.
– Write a song about being jealous.
– Write a wedding inspired song.
I hope you’ve got some inspiration out of this list:)
So just like almost everything else, songwriting is a skill that you’ll probably get better at after a while. Just practice a lot and eventually, you’ll get better at it.
-To practice making melodies you could, for example, find pictures, views or people and make a melody that fits their vibe. Like, if you see a very peaceful landscape you could make a calm melody.
-Write a chorus or a small poem every day for 30 days. If you do this you can get better with rhyming and find your way with words. Maybe you’ll find it difficult at first but eventually it’ll get easier.
Your first song will probably not be your best, but keep going
I hope this post helped you find some inspiration and helped you out a bit. Songwriting can be hard but the more you do it, the better you’ll get. The most important thing is to not give up. I found myself writing some songs and when I finished them I’d really hate them. But truth is, the first song you write will probably not be your best. Just keep writing. Eventually, you’ll write some songs you can be really proud of:).