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Prompt: Write A Book

Prompt: Write A Book
How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:


Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic.

We’ve also provided a chord progression to get you started.

If you haven’t done this before, we’ve provided a step-by-step to help you use the prompts and work through the creation of a song.


Song Prompt:  Write A Book
  • Write a song about some aspect of a book.

It can be:

  1. The dedication of the book
  2. A single chapter in a book
  3. The whole book as a sequence, e.g., chapter 1, chapter 2
  4. A page or a component like the cover, a paragraph or a sentence
  5. A genre or type of book, e.g., the good book, a comic book, a notebook, a scrap book
  • Who is the main character what’s their connection to “the book”?
  • What is the drama associated with the “book” – i.e., the tension?
  • Why is the book so important anyway? Does that create some of the tension/drama?
  • Is the story being told to someone, being remembered, or taking place now?
  • Where does all of this take place?
  • Is the place warm, cold, a vacation spot, a quiet place, someone’s room, a bar? Be sure to describe it in detail!
Prompt Chord Progression:

Key = D

Verse:  D – Em – G – A  (I-II-IV-V)

Chorus:  C – Bm – G   (bVII-IV-IV)


Need more chord progression to choose from? Chart and common chord progressions.


What’s Next?

Step 1:  write for 15 minutes on one of the items (or similar) above

Step 2:  create a song idea from the above

Step 3: decide on your song plot and key song plot elements

Step 4: use the chord progression to write around

Step 5: use a song you like to write a ghost song off of if you’re having difficulty with a melody line


Great Example of a Song About A Book!

Elvis Costello “Everyday I Write The Book”


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