Use Song Lyrics to Kick-Start Your Imagination

Motivation. Find some. I haven't been able to get, and stay, inspired to write anything longer than a grocery list in a long time. (It's been over a year!)  I still want to write. I still have the desire to see my name on the cover of a book. Or my signature on a short story. Anything. But... Every time I come up with an idea, I mull it over. And over. And over some more. By the time I put all the pieces in place for a viable storyline, I start believing the stellar story idea I had yesterday is in fact C R A P. And so the process begins again. The search for a viable story idea.

Pinterest. Lately I've been perusing the writing boards at Pinterest looking at story ideas and writing prompts until I'm cross-eyed. Today, I happened to stumble across a web site for public domain songs: Best Known Public Domain Songs. The songs are listed alphabetically. I was looking for one song in particular, lucky for me it started with the letter A. Some of the songs have the first line of the song as well as words from the chorus. I read through a few of them and thought to myself that some of these songs would be brilliant book ideas. Or at the very least, a short story.

This one, in particular: After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It

1920 - w.m. Irving Berlin
V - Listen to me honey dear, Something's wrong with you I fear. It's getting harder to please you, Harder and harder each year.
C - After you get what you want you don't want it, If I gave you the moon, You'd grow tired of it soon. You're like a baby You want what you want when you want it.

This has the makings of a good horror story, in my opinion. Of course, someone else might look at it and think it's a romance.

Anyway, as of this moment... I think it sounds like a great idea. Ask me again in five minutes and I'll probably tell you it's the stupidest idea ever. Sigh.

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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