Songwriting is one of those activities where it pays to change your approach now and then. If you always begin with a lyric, come up with a few chords first. Or if you tend to begin with a melodic hook, find a drum beat first and jam over it for a while. The rhythm may lead you in different directions.
Here are some ideas to get you going.
Drum sound (Alicia Keys did this with “Girl on Fire”)
Keyboard texture (like an arpeggio pattern)
Try each of these and see what happens. You may surprise yourself!
Here’s a Songwriting Template you can use when composing.
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