The following steps can be used in nearly any creative activity especially in the songwriting creative process. It is a basic road map to follow that will provide greater clarity in the creation of your next song.
Identify the Topic
The beginning of the the creative process requires that you pinpoint the main topic want to express. As a artist you want to express your ideas, beliefs and thought to your audience. Having a clear picture of the topic makes it easier to come up with viable working ideas.
Brainstorm Preliminary Ideas
Once you have defined the your song’s topic, brainstorm as many way possible to express the topic. When brainstorming do not edit your thoughts and ideas. Let them flow freely. Ideas that don’t make sense can create a bridge that will lead to a fresh new way of approaching a solution to the problem. It is important that you allow free association to occur when brainstorming. Do not discount or edit your ideas, that will be dealt with next. Limit the amount of time to 10 or 15 minutes.
Now that you have many ideas an ways that can express your songs’ topic. Take a look at a few of these ideas and elaborate on them. Start to polish your ideas. Now is the time to make changes and edits. You can even get rid of ideas that don’t appear to work in the current situation. In this step you will begin to narrow down your ideas.
Okay, you’ve started to refine and narrow down a ideas that express your topic. Now take some time to analyze the various angles to your topic. Think each idea through. Experiment with each idea. Figure out how the idea will work in a real life situation.
Decide the Best Solution
After you analyze each of your ideas it is time to make a decision. By this point you should have fairly good sense of what will work best. Make a choice. Choose a direction for your topic.
Make it Happen
Finally, now that you have decided what is the best way to express your topic, it is time to implement the solution. Since the topic is well defined and you’ve explored many different solutions it is time to put it into real life situation.
After your idea is implemented it will need to be fine tuned. Adjustment may need to be made to make it better. Sometime you will never know the quirk until it is used in a real life situation. You need to leave room for improvement and this step allows you the opportunity to make necessary changes
This step forces you to look at the success or failure of the project and the solution to your original topic. If the ideas work and are successful you may be able to move forward to completion. However, If is doesn’t work that okay. You may need to start the creative process all over from the beginning.