LYRICISTS: Quirky tools to tempt the Muse (-:

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  • @donna  Jan 2019

    In FAWM’s four frantic weeks, there’ll be challenges, mini-challenges, and skirmishes galore. But in unlikely moments when the creative well threatens to dry up, here are a few ideas to keep you kicking butt. 😀

    First we have the amazing 'Muse Tools' here on the site (accessed by clicking on the downward arrow beside your name on the top right-hand side of this page. You’ll see a little wrench icon.)

    Leon's Random Generators can be useful for extra-zany stuff (including band names).

    GoogleTranslate comes into its own with surreal lyrics arising from multiple translations from the English and then back into English (e.g. English>Korean>French>Hungarian>Swahili>English). The final result - or lines from it - can be shaped into something profound or hilarious or both.

    Into Goth poetry/lyrics? Try 'The Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator'. This is basically 'paint by numbers'; the results are seriously dark (and thus very funny). Tongue in cheek for sure. But who knows... An image or two could generate something monumental.

    Two fun sites for inspiration (mainly for an ironic/quirky twist) are:

    Many other sites can generate ideas, or simply be an amusing diversion from the hard slog of creating something unique and awesome from scratch.

    @andygetch also suggests a N+7 poem generator that replaces each noun with the seventh one following it in the dictionary.

    Other sites mentioned by FAWMers/50-90ers (@writeandwrong, @halfwalk, @elainedimas) include:

    Also from @andygetch


  • @yam655 Jan 2019

    I wanted to point to:

    In particular the "smashed phrases":

    - (NOUN) (NOUN) (NOUN)
    - (NOUN) is (ADJ) but (NOUN) is (ADJ)
    - (NOUN) is the (NOUN) of (NOUN)
    - (VERB) (ADVERB)
    - (VERB) your (NOUN)
    - I'm so (ADJECTIVE) I (VERB) (NOUN)s!
    - On the menu: (ADJECTIVE) (FOOD)

  • @darcistrutt  Jan 2019

    I’m a fan of using Rory’s Story Cubes to induce some random images into becoming a story. I’ll post a challenge on this soon where I offer to roll for you so no expense is needed.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2019

    Thank you for keeping this post alive and kicking, @donna !!! So many awesome links!!!!!

  • @spingo  Jan 2019

    @yam655 I like those! And thanks @donna !

  • @spingo  Jan 2019

    That N+7 plus makes for some good gibberish, mmm.

  • @ductapeguy Jan 2019

    @darcistrutt @sebscorner gave me a set of Rory's Story Cubes for Christmas. I'm itching to give them a spin this FAWM.

  • @unkept  Jan 2019

    A favorite tool of mine.

    It comes up with some great absurd stuff!

  • @steviez  Jan 2019

    Wow! Some really great sites on here for me to check out. One that I use a TON is Not only great for finding rhymes, but antonyms, synonyms, etc. More often then not though, I'll be looking for a rhyme for a word and 2 or 3 other words I see give me ideas for additional lines. S'pretty awesome!

  • @littlespiral Jan 2019

    these are great, thanks for posting!

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 2019

    Always some great ideas in this list. That Goth o matic is great. I try and use it for at least one each time.

  • @pcob1993  Jan 2019

    Hi Donna, thank you so much for these links. I've never tried this idea. I seem to remember David Bowie used to cut up words from magazines and put them in a heap and then pull them out willy-nilly. I'll root through these links and do the same. How exciting! A new toy....

  • @donna  Jan 2019

    Thanks, folks, for the additional suggestions & links. 😀

    @pcob1993, I think you'll get kick out of some of those links. One of my favourites is the Goth-a-Matic poetry generator. The results are totally over the top, and hilarious, but can be toned down to form the basis of something interesting. 😉

    Yes, David Bowie cut up words. Kurb Cobain did as well, and so does Thom Yorke. William S. Burroughs also used it for his books. I've tried it a few times, and liked the challenge.

  • @popmythology  Jan 2019

    (Just wanted to type anything here so that I could keep track of and follow this thread...)

  • @resonance  Jan 2019

    @popmythology Me too. Useful thread !

  • @donna  Jan 2019

    Here's a site that's choc-a-bloc full of ideas.

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2019

    Thanks so much for this list!!!
    Good luck this year...

  • @nateger  Feb 2019

    Thank you! This is a huge help 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 2019

    Fab thread. Thanks Donna and everyone

  • @courtneyrae Feb 2019

    Just downloaded a multisyllabic rhyme dictionary that i suspect will help a lot with fleshing out ideas whilst writing the actual lyrics at the same time. Its on Google play, no idea about apple but its called "Rhymes for rap" by lyricspration and is free!

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 2019

    The Song Fight! Ideas Generator is still up here:
    Get a random idea, contributed by somebody at Song Fight! a few years ago.

  • @uvejeff Feb 2019

    Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards. Available in a free app.

  • @nuerdetjuligen  Feb 2019

    This is an awesome list Donna and everyone! Thanks! I've been missing the old Fawm 'Muse' tools.

  • @darkmantle  Feb 21

    I tried the "line by line" feature of

    It's hilarious.

    This is not the best place to find a cabbage
    And when you're gone I feel cute
    I don't like your potatoes
    Got more moot
    I feel bio
    It's time we had some fries
    You must think I'm a cutie
    It's time we had some fries
    You must think I'm a cutie
    Fries fries
    Cutey, cutey

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