Music Monday: Introducing Lyric Wars

*Adapted from when I blogged for The Sleepless Writers

For those who have never heard of it, I would like to introduce a concept called “lyric wars.” A lot of writers I know already participate in a game called “word wars,” where a certain time is set (i.e. from :10-:20 of whatever hour it is, as a lot of us are in different time zones) and whoever is participating writes for that amount of time straight. In this example, everyone would write for ten minutes, then post what they wrote and get feedback from the other writers. Lyric wars are different in that one person will first choose several different songs as prompts. Those participating typically vote on which prompt they want to write, and then they all write a scene inspired by those lyrics for 5 or 10 minutes. (I typically go for 5 for lyric wars.)
Why are lyric wars so awesome? My August NaNo novel was inspired by a random lyric war. Intending for it to just be a short story, I tried to expand on the 100 words I wrote in those 5 minutes. Then those 100 words became 1000, then 2000, and then before I knew it, I was writing a novel instead of a short story for an anthology. Point is, unexpected things can happen from lyric wars. So give them a shot! The possibilities are endless.

I plan to regularly post three lyric prompts every Monday. Please tell me stories of what happens with these prompts! The goal is to inspire others. (I'm happy to look over anything you might write based off them.)

Prompts for this week:

1. Your love is where I'm falling, but please don't catch me. (Catch Me - Demi Lovato)
2. It's like the world's closing around us and we're doing just fine. (No Distance - Jason Chen)
3. Every time I fight, the scars are gonna heal, but they're never gonna go away. (No Love - Simple Plan)

Enjoy, and happy writing!

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