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One of the best ways of collecting a bunch of story starters or prompts is to listen to song lyrics. Put your music on random and really listen to the words of the next song that comes on. Are there any lyrics that jump out at you? They could be beautiful, intriguing, or even bizarre. Write down anything that gets your attention and either makes you think or paints a vivid picture in your mind and then move on to the next song. Fairly soon you will have a whole collection of hand picked prompts for when your creativity needs a little boost. You could take the lyrics from several different songs and put them together in a story, or just use one (obviously you will need to change the words), and see what your imagination can create.
Here are a few to get you started:
"It's easier to run, replacing this pain with something numb. It's so much easier to go, than face this pain here all alone." - Easier to Run by Linkin Park
"She had something to confess to. But you don't have the time so, look the other way." - Muscle Museum by Muse
"Keep your sympathy, don't need the healing to start. You've gone, gone and made a beautiful hole in my heart." - My Very Best by Elbow
I think all of these could be the inspiration for a good story.
Have you ever been inspired by the lyrics of a good song? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.
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