Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Song Lyrics and Other Types of Writing

I love exploring different types of writing and I LOVE it makes sense that I often become lost in song lyrics. Lyrics, like poetry, personify and give agency to many different things. (They often break the rules of grammar without driving me crazy!)

The other day, I was listening to a forgotten playlist in the car and a John Mayer song---one that I've never heard---came on:

"If melody
Is my destiny
Then what's left of me
I'll give to you"

There. In 4 lines, you already know the conflict and tone of the song.....

Another John Mayor (a top 10!):

"I know a girl
She puts the color
Inside of my world
And she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all
Continually change"

We have a character and someone who is deeply enamored by this character

Whether it's in exploring an illness or soaking in a new novel, it is good to consider this: if something is making it work, pick it apart and figure out why. I learned this helpful tool in my memoir writing class and now it has become second nature to dissect anything I absorb.
I've heard that good writing is many times the result of extensive reading. It seems important to explore different styles of writing, even those that are outside the genre we are creating in.

So, do you explore different types of writing?