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Deconstruction of a pop song: One Direction’s Story of My Life

Story of My LifeLike X-Factor runners up One Direction or not… up to now, I’m somewhere in the middle (but I’ve been hooked on this song ever since I heard it), you might find this interesting…

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/11/25/pop-psychology-whats-the-story-with-one-directions-story-of-my-life has a wonderful deconstruction of the song ‘Story of My Life’ by One Direction and includes the embedded Vevo video – worth a watch for the down-to-earth, and dare I say touching, special effects.

So for anyone who writes songs, other formats, or if you’re just a fan of words, do take a look and let me know what you think.

PS. Harry’s my favourite. 🙂 And is it me, or does One Direction’s Niall Horan look like Westlife’s Kian Egan?

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 27 November 2013

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 233: Wednesday 27th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

233 feet arrows 838944You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: apple, watched, falling, one, recall
  2. Random: kissing a stranger
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: When I was small and…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 237: Wednesday 27th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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