In the same spirit, I suggest using a seed when you're are brainstorming (or idea grabbing) for new song ideas. The seed can be:
- something that's on your mind, that you know you'd like to write about
- something that's literally right in front of you, a random object in your environment
- a word or phrase from any available random generator
Try any of these random tools, or invent your own:
- The Random Word Generator at watchout4snakes.com.
- The Random Logline (story idea) Generator at lifeformz.com.
- LyriCloud at fawm.org.
- Cams Song Idea Generator at translunarwagontrain.com.
- The Random Word Generator at creativitygames.net.
- Flip through a dictionary or thesaurus without looking, and put your finger on a random word.
- Jump to a random Wikipedia article.
- Read a random page of quotations.
- Find inspiration in this constantly-changing page of recent pictures at Flickr.
I also have several decks of cards with words and ideas on them. Some are intended as creativity tools, like the Once Upon a Time storytelling cards. Some of my decks are leftover from word-oriented board games, dream interpretation games, and even song lyrics-oriented games. And some were meant as oracles (fortune-telling tools), but also happen to serve as random content tools. If you happen to come a similar deck of cards at a flea market or garage sale, I recommend buying it and adding it to your collection of creativity tools. It's fun to shuffle the cards and deal out a few seeds of song ideas.
Note: I apologize that my own Songwriting Assignment Generator is offline. I think it's just that my web host changed the PHP configuration, but I haven't had time to troubleshoot it.
My suggestion for how to get the most out of your brainstorming:
- Pick a seed at random from any of these sources
- Start a timer or stopwatch for a short period of time (3 minutes at most), and race to write down as many possible song ideas as you can, based on the seed idea
- When the time is up, pick a different random seed and start the timer again.