I was wondering if you guys have an approach to outlining songs? I write in Evernote and have two main files. One is a dumping ground for song title or musical theme ideas, and another file with my song template which is largely derived from Pat Pattison's lyric writing Coursera. For every song I copy-paste this cheat sheet and use it to shape to the song. My cheat sheet includes
-Skirmish time breakdowns: I set a timer for 5min brainstorm, 25min lyrics, 15min composition, 15min recording/editing.
-A list to fill out in the brainstorming stage: summary (one-line concept for the song), who's talking and to whom, time/place setting, song mood, musical theme (genre, or just the feel). Pattison has this concept of "boxes" for developing the song's journey, where each box "gains weight" and moves the song forward, so I've got Box 1-3 to fill out.
-Pattison's table of family rhymes: this is kinda technical but I've found it super helpful in quickly finding rhymes. It's got groupings of similar consonants (eg. P/B, T/D, K/G are the voiced/unvoiced plosives - top/mob, heat/bleed, clock/dog)
-Major and minor chord tables: eg. I/vi IV/ii V/iii/viii dim for major. Also just added a pic of the cycle of 5ths.
Not in the cheat sheet, but I've always got Thesaurus.com and Rhymezone open as well.