Hey readers! As promised at the end of Tuesday’s post, I’m back with one last musical tip! Ready?
Pick a song. Any song. Okay, wait. Not any song…it needs to meet a few specific requirements for this to work as well as we want it to:
- You have to like it. You’re going to listen to it more than once, so keep that in mind.
- It has to have lyrics. The more poetic, the better. (Some of my personal favorite groups for this: Imagine Dragons and The Civil Wars.)
- It needs to make you feel something.
Give yourself about 20-30 minutes for this, stick your chosen song on repeat*, and start writing.
Write about how it makes you feel. Write about what it makes you think. Listen carefully to those lyrics. Is there a line that really grabs you? Why? Expand on it. Play with it.
This is fun too: Find a word in there and replace it with its antonym. What does that do to the meaning? What does that do to you?
*If you’re still having a hard time writing and listening at the same time, print out the lyrics, listen to it a few times, and then set the volume low enough to allow it to fade into the background.