I’ve started object writing in the mornings as part of my routine during the Challenge. This is Pat Pattison’s standby technique for developing writing that emphasizes sensuality (i.e., connecting to the senses). Pattison is a well-known songwriting instructor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Among his most biggest champions is former student John Mayer. By any measure, that’s a pretty good endorsement!
At five minutes a day, it’s amazing how the object writing exercise helps focus and hone my imagination.
Here’s a primer on object writing. It’s also a good (and fast) way to generate more in-depth ideas for a song concept in early development, and move away from the most obvious stuff that comes to mind.