The Art and Skill of Writing a Song

5. Clustering

A Right-Brain Exercise

Here is a technique for creative writing – most often used by writers (as opposed to songwriters). Clustering is especially good if you need focus for your song creation and only have the vaguest idea of what you wan tot write about. (The inventor of clustering is Gabrielle Lusser Rico. If you would like to read more about it, she explains it in the book Writing the Natural Way.)

Clustering is a way of tricking the left brain into silence and using the right brain to come up with your own unique overview of a subject. The way to do it is very simple, but it won't work if you break any of the simple rules.

Procedure:

Rules:

Next: Developing the Idea



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