Music is an excellent way to express yourself, but what if your passion for music doesn’t substitute for the fact that you’ve never actually lived through anything in your life? If this sounds like you, then keep reading for how to write a song when nothing has ever happened to you!
Use your imagination.
If you’ve never experienced anything out of the ordinary or maybe even that challenging at all, using your imagination is a great way to pretend that you have! Try thinking about if you had been through a break-up – or maybe even a divorce! That would probably make for a really great song, huh?
Ask other people about what’s happened to them.
If you can’t come up with anything by yourself, try talking to other people and asking what’s happened to them in their lives. Claiming other people’s experiences is actually totally okay in songwriting! Maybe just don’t tell people that’s what you’re doing though, because they might be more hesitant to have a heart-to-heart with you. It’s not your fault you’ve never had an “experience”!
Maybe just stick to covers.
If all else fails, you might just want to consider sticking to covers of songs you already know and love! Songwriting isn’t for everyone, especially those who’ve never truly lived. Thankfully, there are a lot of songwriters out there already who’ve actually had really cool, interesting, and varied lives. What are you gonna do? Chat up a stranger, go outside, “travel”? Leave it to Joni Mitchell!
So if you’re struggling to write a song because nothing has ever really happened to you, then try using any of the tips above! You may not have had any formative or traumatic experiences, but that should never stop you from writing an emotionally revealing song! Good luck!