1. Check out some hit songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Lots of hits these days draw inspiration from samples, and melodic lines from hits of old. These old hits have much to love about them, and they have creative chordal structures and out of the box ideas for their time. You may find it clears your mind to start something fresh.
2. Sometimes you can start a great new song using just a small melodic portion of an existing song. Be careful not to use too much or you may risk copyright infringement, but like the great composer Igor Stravinsky says, “A good composer does not imitate; he steals”.
3. Try going on a hike in nature and get some exercise, or just work out. Cognitive psychologist Professor Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University in The Netherlands, studied this subject in detail and found that those who exercised for at least four times a week were able to think more creatively than those with a more inactive lifestyle. So get out there and get the blood pumping!
4. Put the phone down! Unfortunately, in our modern society everyone feels the need to be connected at all times. You can get away from the constant bombardment of social media, texts, emails, whatever by just leaving your phone in a different room while you write. Better yet, invest in a recording device (instead of your phone), and take your notebook and recording device out of the house, leave your phone at home, you are likely to have a more clear head while you start some penning.
5. Find another hobby. A lot of songwriters’ hobby is their songwriting, this can have a negative effect on their lifestyle and inspiration. Get into something else that can help you take a break from the songwriting grind.