1. SONG FORM: Put your music on shuffle. Play the first five songs that come up. Identify the song form in each song. Next, get creative! Choose one of those song, and re-write the song in an entirely different song form!
2. SYNONYMS: Open a book to any page and select the first noun on the page. In one minute, list as many synonyms for that word you can think of. Say your chosen word is “game.” Your list could be: match, tournament, event, meet, contest, spirited, nervy, up for. You can see this list starts with words more traditionally associated with the word “game,” and slowly becomes more informal, to even the more sinister and slang meaning of “game.” This is a terrific way to practice finding more unique words that will hopefully find their way into your songwriting as well!