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Challenges For Writers

You guys wanted some prompts and I thought this might give you some fun ideas. Some of these challenges can apply to every kind of writer, so I suggest skimming them all :)


Songwriters

  • Produce an album with each song touching on a different social issue
  • compose a movie score
  • write 1 song a month about the events in that time and visit those songs in a year
  • write a song about wherever you are right now
  • rewrite the lyrics of your favorite song
  • compose a new melody for your favorite song
  • write a song where the lyrics contradict the melody
  • make a mashup of completely different songs

Authors

  • write a story from the point of view of a character you hate
  • write a story based off a song
  • write a story from a deity’s point of view
  • write a story that takes place somewhere you’ve never been
  • write a story with no dialogue
  • write a story from the point of view of a piece of technology
  • turn a poem into a story
  • write a story with only 140 characters

Poets

  • write a positive poem about something you hate
  • condense your favorite song/movie into a haiku
  • write a poem about what you wish you knew when you were younger
  • write a poem completely out of YouTube comments
  • write a poem with song lyrics only
  • write a poem about a photo from over 50 years ago
  • write a poem about your favorite love story
  • write about an experience you’ve never had

Journalists

  • write an article from a perspective that is the opposite of yours
  • write an article based on a picture from the 1900′s
  • write about an interview with a dead person
  • report a story based on a poem or song
  • report the events in your favorite book
  • report a murder that nobody knows you committed
  • you’re a travel columnist. Write about where you are now.
  • write a fake news article about a world leader
Hello you amazing musicians out there!

I want to ask you for a favor that would actually mean the world to me because poetry is just that.
In a way, I believe that poetry only truly comes to life when it is combined with music or sung as a song.
Therefore, if you sing, I want to ask you if any of you wants to make one of my poems into a song.
It does not have to be a new melody or something, I would just love to hear it sung by someone.
I don’t even want to publish it if you don’t want to, it’s simply something that would mean a lot to me.
And since I definitely don’t have the talent to sing, I have to ask you for this.
You can just message me if you’re interested, I’d love you til the end of time!
(PS: This also includes those of you who have asked me if they can use one of my poems for a song: if you want to, just message me and we can talk about that)

// All the love,
j.d.m.

I’m red-eyed
Tongue tied
Oh my, now I can’t speak
There’s nothing to say, I guess I’m out of words
Yes I cried
All night
White lies, is all you preach
There’s nothing to ask, I’ve picked up your pattern

And people start to walk away
Because no matter what I seem to stay
And I have all of these answers except for why


Why haven’t I left
Or
Why I am I a mess
Or
Why am I holding onto a love that doesn’t exist
Why am I stressed
Or
Why can’t I rest
Or
Why did I let you put my heart under arrest

—  kdr // arrest
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Crack the shutters open wide, I want to bathe you in the light of day.
And just watch you as the rays tangle up around your face and body.
I could sit for hours finding new ways to be awed each minute, cause the daylight seems to want you just as much as I want you.
—  Crack the Shutters~ Snow Patrol
Ignorant Lover

I don’t know what it’s like
Waking up to a lover
While intertwined
Under the covers.
I don’t know what it’s like
Caressing her spine
As the sun comes up
In the summer.
And I definitely don’t know
what it’s like
Looking in her eyes
Confessing that I love her.

I rained love on you
But you held up an umbrella,
I blew love your way
But you closed the windows,
And I shined love on you
But you stood under the shades.
So I’m just gonna give you
Your space
And take my love out of
Your face.

if only
we could love with full hearts and open minds
and rid the world of hate and pain and sin and sadness
maybe then
sunsets would be the softest shade of blue
and not the fiery red that screams death
—  spilled blood // inkbledtimberscraps

Because everything they said I couldn’t do, I know I did

And every lesson that I’ve learned has made me a better person…/

And everything they said I couldn’t be, I am

Why waste my time trying to hold misery’s hand?

—  Raenise
she used to be mine

She’s imperfect, but she tries
She is good, but she lies
She is hard on herself
She is broken and won’t ask for help
She is messy, but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine

- sara bareilles, “she used to be mine” (2016)

Wish

Take a minute
Cause you might just miss it
Searching for the answers within the limits
Who am I kidding, you gonna do what you gotta do
When you get hurt, that ain’t none of my business
I’m just living
One wrong move, it’ll end soon
Moments like this happens once every blue moon
Drenched in sweat, fill with fear
The end is near
Face it or stare like headlights on a deer
One foot over the edge, don’t push me over
I’m the risky type, so to me all I see is more closure
The closer I get, the less I resist
You insist I should get some help but won’t admit that you need it too
You think that foundation makes you brand new
All the new clothes hiding the scars, but we can see from afar
Road rage on the highway in your brand new car
You wanna be a Barbie doll but that ain’t who you are
When’s the last time you made a wish upon a star

Strings

Pull my string and make me sing
I’ll play the sweetest songs
I’ll play the saddest so,
Pull the stings and watch me go

Little bitty broken puppet girl
Living life lost in your own world
A broken clock is right twice a day
But it’s’ hard to find the time to say
The right words that’ll make you stay
With me til forever I’ll keep you safe
Locked up tight so you’ll never escape
Hold you tight till heaven’s embrace

Please
If I hold your hand
Where would It lead me
If I could understand
what would It tell me
If I listen closely  
What would It wish me
And If I could grant It
why would It need me

Little bitty broken puppet girl
Living life lost in your own world
Let me have a bit part in your play
We’ll each act our parts out everyday
Replacing the parts that wither away
Whether or not we know the right lines
We’ll make it up as we go on over time
Delay the inevitble end of our lives

Pull my string and make me sing
I’ll play the sweetest songs
I’ll play the saddest so,
Pull the stings and watch me go

Little bitty broken puppet girl
Living life lost in your own world
I can see that you’re stuck in pain
With stiches torn ripped and stained
Taught happy wishes teach you shame
Wanting to ask who made you this way
What’s the right price to make them pay
Take away from them what they gave away

[Simultaneously x2]
Please
If I hold your hand
Where would It lead me
If I could understand
what would It tell me
If I listen closely
What would It wish me
And If I could grant It
why would It need me

[Simultaneously x2]
Pull my string and make me sing
I’ll play the sweetest songs
I’ll play the saddest so,
Pull the stings and 

[Alone]

watch me go…

~~~//~~~
Written with @lilithisalive