RESOURCE: 3 Idea Generating Exercises
Here's a collection of goofy, fun, random idea generating exercises that you can always do when you're in a pinch!
Words from a Book
Grab a book and a pair of dice (or ask Google to roll the dice for you)
- Roll your dice once.
- That number is the page you'll turn to in a book. Turn to that page.
- Roll the dice again.
- That number is the paragraph. Count that many paragraphs in.
- Roll the dive again. That's your word number.
- Write down the word.
Repeat this process as many times as you want. It's a neat (and mindless) way to find interesting words that you can turn into titles, spin other ideas off of, or incorporate into a song.
Social Media Solution
Are you on social media? Do you have fans that follow you, or even a facebook page with your friends and family? Ask them to help you out:
- Post this prompt on your page:
"Hi friends! I need your help with a songwriting challenge. Comment on this post with 5 random words. I'll pick a set of words and write a song using all 5 of of them, and share it with you when it's finished."
- Sit back and let the words roll in!
- Use this tool to help you pick a random set of words. (Or just pick the set you want!)
- Write the song. It will be difficult! That's the point.
- Share it with your friends and fans! Give a shoutout to the commenter with the winning words.
You can repeat this process anytime you're looking for a challenge. It's a great way to flex your muscles as a songwriter, and to interact with your supporters.
Figures of Speech Web
Here's another one that calls for a pair of dice. Grab some dice and a notebook, and open up this webpage: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/
- Open your notebook and draw a vertical line down the middle of one page, so you have 2 columns.
- On the left side, write down 6 idioms/figures of speech from the link above. Number them.
- On the right side, write down 6 more. Number them.
- Roll your dice.
- One di corresponds to an idiom in the left column, the other for an idiom in the right column. Write them both beside each other.
- Combine them! You'll get all sorts of interesting punny, hooky titles.
Or, you can just let The Idiomatic do it for you.