A Musical Writing Exercise

Looking for a writing exercise? Give this a try.

One of my favorite things to do is to build a set list of music to listen to. Who doesn’t love that? But here is a twist. Do it with the express intent to reflect on it in a writing way.

Step 1: Create your list. It could be based on anything you can think of. Song titles, feelings evoked by the music, an entire album, thematic concepts, etc.

Step 2: Listen to your list. Simple right? Don’t just listen to it, engage with it. Or don’t. Try reading. Try working out. Try cleaning. Try doing homework. Try having a conversation. I suggest you try to do something in addition to just listening. Do it consciously and reflect on your list.

Step 3: Write about it. Don’t think too much about it. Let the words flow. Allow it to be stream of consciousness if you desire. Structure it if you want. Maybe it will be a poem. Maybe it will be a short story. Maybe it is will be character profiles. Maybe it will be the seeds of a novel. Maybe it will feed into an academic paper or some other sort of creative endeavor.

Step 4: Edit. Or don’t. Depends on how you feel about it.

Step 5: Share. Or don’t. Some things aren’t meant to be shared. Maybe it’s just for you. Do it however you feel comfortable. Share it online. Share it with friends, family, strangers. Don’t force it on anybody though. That isn’t cool.

Whatever it is, have fun with it. You never know what might come of it.

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