5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Creative Songwriting Power

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As a professional writer, learning to boost my creative songwriting power was crucial to my success. I am asked often how I walk into a co-write with superstars like Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, or Lady Antebellum and create songs “on-demand?” Well, I didn’t start out doing this, but I’ve learned a few tricks over the years that’ve allow me to train my creativity and tap into it anytime, anyplace. The good news is, you can too! These 5 simple strategies go a long way in the songwriting business.

1. Make it clear that you mean business.

Developing a writing routine shows yourself and others that you are in your creative zone. Not only do you need to show others when it’s okay to interrupt your writing and when it’s not, but also, your own creativity needs trained as well. Studies show that writing at a regular time each day allows the subconscious to be prepared to create more easily “on demand” than when you have no set routine.

2. Decide when to be interrupted. 

It’s perfectly okay to check email or social media occasionally, but only when you decide! This means you must turn off your phone’s ringer off, and get rid of those pesky email notifications. Take control of your environment and creative space. Don’t be a slave to interruptions!

3. Don’t check email first thing in the morning. 

We’ve all heard this, but so few of us actually do this. Email is a real addiction, and as a creative person, one of the biggest ways to start your day off in the wrong direction. The human mind is in its most natural creative state upon waking. Use this time to create a new writing reality. Let’s put an end to the terrible feeling of knowing we’ve spent an hour or so refreshing our browser, checking emails, and scanning Facebook.

4. There are NO wrong notes.

Once you are in your writing space, there are NO wrong notes. Give yourself the freedom to create in a completely non-judgmental space. Don’t worry if your piece is too this or not enough of that. Let the words and music flow. Editing will come later, but not in the creative stage.

5. Spend as much time listening as writing. There is no way around this if you want to boost your creative songwriting power.

You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and creativity needs feeding. Spend as much time reading books and listening to other artists and writers as you do writing your own. This is essential to keeping your art fresh and avoiding ruts. Practicing this is also the biggest slayer of writer’s block. When you are excited about what you hear or read, it will transfer real excitement into what you write.

These strategies are simple. Very simple! But as we know in today’s world, they can be hard to master. Work diligently, and your creativity will bless you!

Write On! Clay


Clay Mills is co-founder of SongTown and a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter. He has 2 Grammy nominations and is the co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing. 

14 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Creative Songwriting Power

  1. Clay, Thank you for sharing. I think I liked the tip about email the best, it’s amazing how you can get wrapped up in checking all your socials and emails and before you realize it’s hours later. I think for me, this one tip will really help. I always value the tips you and Marty provide,
    Thank you!

    1. But keeping the focus without long interruptions will show that a song can get written with the same intention as when it started.

  2. Yes…fit is the best time of day for writing for me …the mind definitely gets into the habit…..a cup of coffee and straight to writing before all the doings of the day and people plug up the flow. Great advice

  3. I start my day writing, shortly before dawn and before the world wakes up to distract me. I used to whine about not being a morning person, and for most activities I’m still not, but then I sit in the still before dawn and open myself to the muse I repeatedly surprise myself with hooks, lines and feelings. I either record my thoughts to revisit later or start typing away on a fresh Masterwriter page.
    Good stuff Clay, thanks.

  4. Awesome tips Clay, one of my biggest obstacles was writing at home. Family always comes first, that being said; once I’ve locked into my creative mode, any interuption kills my creativity. So my remedy is to head for my home studio at odd times of the early morning when I can be fairly sure my family is fast a sleep for hours. This one simple adustment has resulted in more uninertupted creative time and finished projects. Thanks for your advise and God Bless…

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