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Song Prompt: Song Plot Roulette

Song Prompt: Song Plot Roulette

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment.

Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly what the prompt outlines. This is about jogging your brain and getting the creativity going, so have fun!

If you end up going off the marked path – that’s OK.

Your song idea is probably telling you something you shouldn’t ignore!

 

How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:

 

I thought we’d use some lists I’ve compiled from several places and categorized to give you a quick selection grid for key song elements.

Go step-by-step using the grids below, and you should have a pretty good plot outline for your lyric by the time you’ve hit the bottom of the post!

 

Step 1
Choose a point of view from the list below
1st Person
2nd Person
3rd Person
I – We
You – You
He – She – They

 

Step 2
Choose a Relationship the speaker has with someone else and the Life Event they share
Relationships
Life Events
Son/Daughter
Birth/Life
Husband/Wife
Death
Grandparent
Good Health
Friend
Poor Health
Coworker/Neighbor
Accident/Trauma
Family Member
Abuse/Self Harm (e.g., Vice)
Teenager
Homelessness
Parent
School Life
Mother/Father
Secret/Dating Life
Religious Figure
Job/Work – Loss/New
Mentor
Secret Life
Mistress/Secret Lover
Financial Problems/Windfall
Best Friend/Confidant
Arrest/Criminal Activity
Enemy/Nemesis
Series Of Life Changes
Lover
Nothing Ever Changes

 

Step 3
Choose their perspective on the event(s) & select either a positive or negative reaction. You could split the reactions to give it a twist as well!
Positive Reactions
Negative Reactions
Laughter/Amusement
Cries/Panics
Ecstatic/Animated/Celebratory
Surprised
Steely Resolve
Numb/Unfeeling
Courageous
Clings To (Past, Present, etc.)
Comforting
Pushes Away (Emotionally)
Cherished/Loved
Violent
Helpful/Can Be Counted On
Runs Away
Hard Working/Committed
Isolates Themselves
Calm/Controlled
Turns To A Vice
Satisfied
Ignores / Pays No Attention

 

Step 4
Choose a point in time & a place
Present
Past
Future
Moving
Now – Here
Back Then – Ago
Someday – There
Between Any Of Them

 

Places
Home/Away
Vehicle
Park/Garden
Town/City
A Room
Restaurant/Bar/Club
Street/Road
Special Place To You




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