Every songwriter knows the trouble of creating.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to jumpstart your creativity, including various strategies and techniques…and Pinterest. You may know it as a social media site filled with ‘pins’ and ‘boards’ but Pinterest is actually a treasure trove of songwriting ideas if you know how to use its billions of pins that people share every day.
Today, we’re going to play a little game that can help get your creative juices running just by visiting Pinterest. By the way, we will be posting several fun songwriting games in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this spot.
Here are two ways to play:
Get Fresh Ideas on an Overused Topic
• Selecting the topic: In cases where you’re tempted to write about an overused song topic, you can use Pinterest to get a fresh perspective on it. Just sign in to Pinterest if you have an account (creating one takes seconds) and type in a topic you’re interested in, such as ‘nature,’ ‘love’ or ‘wisdom.’ Pick an image from the first row of results.
• Write: Once you have picked the image, write freely about it for at least five minutes. Don’t focus on writing a song, just write down everything that comes to mind about your selection, and what it means to you. Repeat the process – refresh the page, select another image and write freely about it. Do this several times, until you feel you have enough new ideas that you can string together for a song on a topic that is considered overused.
Get Inspiration for New Song Ideas
• Selecting an image: Sign in to Pinterest and select a category. Pick the first interesting image that meets the eye from the very first row of results. You may want to pick a category that interests you, such as Travel, Kids, Photography, or Weddings. You could also view your home feed or ‘What’s Popular’ for interesting images.
• Write: Just as in the previous step, you’re going to write the heck out of your image selection. Write freely for several minutes on paper or on your laptop, until you have several hundred words that you could pick lines from for a new song. Voila… a fresh spin that could grab listeners.
So, now you have a creative and fun way to use Pinterest to enhance your songwriting efforts. Let us know how it works out for you!