Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Let's face it. There are a myriad of options for how to write a song. How about writing about things were back then, how they will be in the future, or how you feel about a certain situation?
If you feel you're suffering a writer's block before you've even written one verse, establish the Who, Where, and When first.
Who is telling the story? Who is the main character, are you talking about them in the "I" or "You" perspective?
Where is the story happening? Is this person just getting out of bed, on a clogged street on the way to work, or awaiting their bride at the wedding? Let the listener know, so they are not in the dark about the scene.
When is it taking place? Early morning, at lunch break, in 17th century Stockholm, or at a funeral?
You see, all these information makes the listener more interested. Take this example by Paul Simon. He opens his song "Still Crazy After All These Years" with:
"I met my old lover on the street last night."
He beautifully answered "Who" (I), Where (on the street) and When (last night) in a verse line with just 10 words. You can do it!