If you’ve ever been in a high school English class, you’ve studied how drama is created in a play, a novel or short story. So you knows the “story arcs” that can occur and the sequence of how drama unfolds.
You know, the introduction of characters, their struggles, the climax, the resolution and the happy ending. All in 3:30!
Following a basic story arc will help you quickly create your Song Sketch and give you a compass for the genesis of the story you’re telling. And, you’re using a Song Sketch because your message/intent is the ultimate goal!
For an example of how a Song Sketch ties to a song arc and a song, read through my article Song Sketching: Tell Stories Like A Movie and dive into Mary Gauthier’s “Between The Daylight And The Dark.”
Your assignment should you choose to accept it: apply those same practices to one of the song shapes below.
General Story Arcs: Customize To Another Theme
Coming Of Age Arc