Nouns and verbs are powerful elements of a song. Create your own song prompt with a NOUN + VERB combination that surprises you!
If you really want to push your creative thinking, then start putting together words that don’t logically go together. This one is a Noun+Verb Mashup.
As an ongoing exercise, keep an excel worksheet with columns for nouns, verbs and adjectives. Now mix and match whenever you need a creative jolt!
I’ve included an example of how to use the list of ten below (my work in italics below each step).
How To Create Your Own Song Prompts!
1 Choose a noun and pair it with a verb down the list
Ghost Crack (careful . . . )
2 Think about what the combo means: write a sentence or a short paragraph defining it
A ‘ghost trace’ is the essence of someone left behind. The thing we see when we’re in the park and just for a second, catch a glimpse of them, but then remember they’re gone from the earth.
3 Change your verbs to match the noun and context
4 Now do a 90 second object write using the prompt (stop at 90 sec.)
Walking in the park yesterday I strolled past the tree we carved our name in that winter when it was empty and no one else could see. I ran my hand over the bark and for a second could feel you right beside me – your breath in my ear, warm and soft. Heard you whisper my name – but I knew you weren’t there – just a ghost trace.
But it’s the feeling that keeps me going each day. A presence that I see here an there. On the street, in your nieces and nephews, in the old coffee mug in the cupboard chipped on the lip – you never let me throw it away. STOP
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