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The Challenge – Week 5 – Trusting the subconscious

March 18, 2014

Are you ready for Week 5?  Only 2 more challenges to go.  This week we will explore trusting the subconscious.

Every writer has had the experience of coming up with a good idea and having no idea where it came from. We might try to recapture the magic by wearing the lucky t-shirt or using the magic pen, but is there a way to tap into that vast reservoir of ideas that live below the surface of the conscious? You can try stream-of-consciousness writing where you write, without stopping, judging or editing until you run out of ideas or your hand gets tired.

This week’s challenge:
Watch the video below.  Then, for the next five days, spend at least 10 minutes (or until your hands get tired) writing from your stream of consciousness.  At the end of the week, review what you have written and look for at least 5 ideas that could become songs.  Choose one to bring to fruition.

Deadline:  Tuesday, March 25
Please post the following:
1.  The theme you chose to write about.
2.  Your blog link.
3.  Your SoundCloud Link.

42 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2014 1:29 pm

    I find a lot of ideas come to me on my runs – my challenge is to repeat them enough so i can write them down when I get back from my run. This weeks challenge will be fun?

  2. March 20, 2014 11:00 am

    Well here is my week 5 blog :

    And here is my week 5 song:

    Thank you for listening and reading


  3. bodegaempire permalink
    March 22, 2014 11:36 am

    Here’s this week’s song:

    This one was pretty natural – I already do a 10min free-write every morning so it was business as usual from that side of things.

  4. March 22, 2014 5:48 pm

    Theme: honky tonk bar song

  5. March 23, 2014 2:01 am

    Very cool song Matthew. I like the idea of memory being polished although I think mine is more tattered by time!

  6. March 23, 2014 2:44 pm

    Here is my week 5 Blog and song!

  7. March 23, 2014 5:37 pm

    1. “When The Devil Gets On His Knees To Pray”

  8. Nathan McGrath permalink
    March 23, 2014 6:37 pm

    Week five song and blog links:

  9. March 23, 2014 8:08 pm

    Hi lovely people, calling out to all you earth worms:

    My theme this week is self-doubt!

    I hope you enjoy my song:


    My blog:

    My song:

    Feedback is always supremely appreciated!

    Now go and knock your brains out with more fabulous songwriting ideas!

    Special thank you to Mr. Christopher Ward, for sharing your expertise with us.

    I loved combining this week’s “stream-of-consciousness” writing exercises with all of the other, hands-on lessons I have learned.

    Peace/luv from:
    Shera Shakera

  10. March 24, 2014 10:54 am

    My week 5 song theme evolved as encouragement without the use of words.
    Song Title: Words Not Said
    Blog Link:
    Sound cloud link:
    Looking forward to Week 6 collaborating challenge 🙂 take care, Robyn 🙂

  11. March 24, 2014 11:26 am

    Hi everyone,

    Song for this week is, “It would be amazing.”

    Blog link:

  12. March 24, 2014 2:36 pm

    Week # 5 found me fighting through a bad day. Out of Gas, Tow truck, scaredy cat…and much, much more. This weeks song was a complete collaboration with my subconscious. I could learn allot from that guy.
    Thanks for listening folks.

    Blog :

  13. March 24, 2014 3:00 pm

    This week’s song is about waking up in a great mood and looking forward to the day ahead.

    I had another week in which the bulk of the song came in one day, and I enjoyed a few days’ time to re-write a few lines here and there…

  14. March 24, 2014 7:01 pm

    Hi all. Here’s my Week 5 tune. The theme I came up with (subconsciously) was “diamonds in a dog’s mouth”. I tried to find meaning in this strange grouping of words and came up with a song called (funnily enough) “Diamonds In A Dog’s Mouth”.

    My blog is at:

    The SoundCloud link is:



  15. March 24, 2014 10:10 pm

    Well I was wondering if I was going to come up with anything after doing all my morning journalling and the weeks theme was basically what I’m going through. So here it is the truth of my soul and what I’m going through. Warning it’s a sad song and it’s not country.

  16. March 24, 2014 10:51 pm

    1 min

    Wow. This week was CRAZY! I got married on Saturday and we’ve had guests from back east staying with us. I wasn’t sure if I could get this in on time but I did it! I didn’t have time to multi-track, although recording it live probably turned out to be more difficult. Still raw, still new, just ‘finished’ this afternoon. I’m looking forward to revisiting it when I am not a basket-case – lol. Now for a glass of wine…or several….


    Blog post:

  17. Roy Sunstrum permalink
    March 24, 2014 11:56 pm

    I was almost finished this yesterday but had a few lyrics that just weren’t working. The light of a new day can bring new clarity. Bob Dylan they aren’t but better now……

    This song is about parenting. I have 4 of the most amazing kids aged 27, 24, 20, and 14 and we’re blessed with how little trouble they’ve given us. The song is called ‘When Our Kids Become our Friends’. Please have a listen.

    Here is he song…

    Here also is my blog entry…

  18. March 25, 2014 12:35 am

    I didn’t finish, but, something is better than nothing…

  19. seersongwriter permalink
    March 25, 2014 3:11 am

    Here’s my week five effort
    The week five song:
    The week five blog:

  20. March 25, 2014 3:38 am

    Hey everyone! I find I write a lot of songs from stream of consciousness, so it was fun to take this idea and roll with it. I’m still working on the title of the song though… maybe you have an idea for one? Let me know.

    Here’s the blog:

    Here’s the soundcloud:

    1 more week left!! 😀

    • March 26, 2014 12:58 am

      Hi Scott, the phrase “Do you feel the same” stood out as a potential title after a first listen.

  21. Kevin Roach permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:18 am

    song is called Whistle Down The Spring
    and my blog is

  22. Kevin Roach permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:20 am

    Okay let me try again.

  23. March 25, 2014 12:53 pm

    After I had finished the sub-conscience writing, I picked the idea to write about the places inside ourselves where we hide memories until we are ready to deal with them.

  24. March 25, 2014 5:01 pm

    Oh boy, down to the wire, here is the blog link

    And here is the soundcloud link:

  25. March 25, 2014 6:30 pm

    Well here is week 5! I am so blessed to have such great musicians to play with. Andrew Cabana on guitar, Mike Arless on bass and Jon Farley on drums. The tune is called Shine baby Shine.

  26. March 25, 2014 7:28 pm

    Think someone is still weighing pretty heavy on my mind…

  27. March 25, 2014 10:44 pm

    Well, this week, my subconscious decided to dig up an old love affair 🙂 Song and lyrics here:


  28. March 25, 2014 11:49 pm

    Looks like Anastace and I have a similar subconscious 😉 Old love affair over here as well. Here’s my song and blog. Apologize for not having it on SoundCloud this week but recorded myself on video instead. blog:

  29. March 26, 2014 5:41 am

    “Stand Up” inspired by events in Taiwan- how the young people like me start to realize what they want in their country.


  30. March 27, 2014 8:38 pm

    Here is the result of my stream-of-consciousness writing …

    song here:

    blog here:

  31. March 28, 2014 3:48 pm

    Well, I’m barely making it to the end of this wonderful experience. Blogging doesn’t come easy, rarely feel the patience to write everything down, and it’s been grueling trying to get these songs written on time, but here is Week#5, late but here.

  32. Adri-Anne Ralph permalink
    March 29, 2014 9:54 pm

    Here’s my Week 5!
    The theme I chose was leaving the Garden of Eden, from Eve’s perspective. My blog explains it more.
    The SoundCloud:
    The Blog:

  33. March 31, 2014 5:31 pm

    Looks like my second last post wasn’t moderated, so here it is:
    Here’s my Week 5!
    The theme I chose was leaving the Garden of Eden, from Eve’s perspective. My blog explains it more.
    The SoundCloud:
    The Blog:


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