It's time for February Album Writing Month 2013, at http://fawm.org. The FAWM challenge: to write 14 songs during the 28 days of February.
Writing quickly with a deadline is a great way to build your strength as a songwriter. If you never face a deadline, you you might be holding on to lazy, sloppy, inefficient writing habits. It's like an athlete who works out but never plays a game or runs a race, or like an actor who practice lines and characters but never gets onstage. Putting your feet to the fire forces you to do better. That's why I recommend participating in FAWM to anyone who wants to become a better songwriter.
For the month of February, I'll be posting songwriting suggestions — ideas that you can take and build into a song for FAWM or for any other purpose. Sometimes it's hard to get past the initial hurdle of deciding what to write about. If you find yourself in that situation, check back here for songwriting suggestions, and see one of them helps you get started a little faster on your next song.