Today's songwriting tips come from one of my favorite books of all time by Austin Kleon called "Steal Like an Artist"
I grew up thinking that artists were just completely original and if you borrowed anything from anyone you weren't a real artist. This book argues that there's a correct way to do it. Austin says that if you borrow from many different places then you can really stumble upon something brand new. Setting up these parameters can really lead you to some great ideas that are unique to you.