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30 Day Songwriting Challenge

As an artist, writing songs can get hard. Starting is hard, and when we eventually do start sometimes we get stuck at the inevitable wall that is 'writer’s block'. Like any other skill, practice leads to improvement and with improvement, you get closer to creating that life-changing song.

Today, we're sharing songwriting prompts and ideas to help you practice. Whether you’re an experienced songwriter trying to break out of a rut or someone who has always wanted to write songs but didn’t know where to start, this challenge will get you writing. Feel free to use this as a songwriting challenge for the month of June.

30-day Songwriting Challenge

Day 1. Write a song about what music means to you.

Day 2. Write a song about your favourite Bible verse.

Day 3. Write a song about your favourite movie.

Day 4. Rewrite someone else's song.

Day 5. Write about five things you see can see right now.

Day 6. Write a song about your favourite memory.

Day 7. Write a song about love.

Day 8. Write a song about your greatest accomplishment and how it made you feel.

Day 9. Write a song about your best trip.

Day 10. Write a song about forgiveness.

Day 11. Watch the news and listen for song titles.

Day 12. Write a song about the latest sermon you listened to.

Day 13. “Retune” a Psalm.

Day 14. Write a song addressed to your childhood self.

Day 15. Write a song for someone that passed away.

Day 16. Write a song about your favourite Bible story

Day 17. Write a song about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.

Day 18. Write a song about the times in which you’ve felt God’s presence.

Day 19. Pitch shift someone else's song.

Day 20. Write from someone else's point of view.

Day 21. Write a song in 10 minutes.

Day 22. Watch a muted movie scene and write a song for it.

Day 23. Write a song about family.

Day 24. Write a song about a community you’re part of and its impact on you.

Day 25. Write a song about your day.

Day 26. Write a song about what you would say if the whole world was listening.

Day 27. Write about a life-changing moment.

Day 28. Write about five blessings in your life.

Day 29. Write about peace.

Day 30. Write a song in a genre you’ve never written in before. Feel free to listen to a playlist for inspiration first!

Note that:

This is all for practice, so don’t overthink it. Songs are generally shorter than articles or stories; a few key lines are all you need. No one has to hear the song if you don’t like it at the end. You’re in control.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Will Durant

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