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  • oldgitplayer
    started a topic New WIP - A song about a writer

    New WIP - A song about a writer

    I think I want to tell a story about a writer who sticks to what he believes in and doesn't buckle under the pressure of commercial publishers telling him what sells and how he should change his work etc...

    He self-publishes an e-book which sells magnificently.

    I need to decide on an angle, so if anyone knows of any other songs that deal with this subject matter, I'd be grateful if you would post them, so that I can familiarise myself with them and don't cover the same ground.

    Here's the 1st snippet of the idea:

    And when you fill your life

    With commercial compromise

    Somewhere in your world

    The unborn artist dies


  • Lee Knight
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    I like this idea. I'm not crazy about the word commercial, as it has a lot of baggage. I'd say, try this stanza without the word commercial and see how you like it

    And maybe, and this is stretching it I realize, instead of the artist, how about an artist. Alluding to the butterfly effect.

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  • rickidoo
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    Git -


    Nothing wrong with where you are going with this. But I thought you could make this an even bigger idea by dealing with the whole subject of a person compromising their values. The actual part about something he/she writes could be just one verse in a larger story.


    There could be a number of resolutions to this. Anger - and he finally does not compromise.  Sadness - he compromised is whole life and then compromised on the way to the grave. To name a couple.

     

    Rick

     

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  • rsadasiv
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    oldgitplayer wrote:

    I think I want to tell a story about a writer who sticks to what he believes in and doesn't buckle under the pressure of commercial publishers telling him what sells and how he should change his work etc...

    He self-publishes an e-book which sells magnificently.

    I need to decide on an angle, so if anyone knows of any other songs that deal with this subject matter, I'd be grateful if you would post them, so that I can familiarise myself with them and don't cover the same ground.

    Here's the 1st snippet of the idea:

    And when you fill your life

    With commercial compromise

    Somewhere in your world

    The unborn artist dies


    I find it hard to believe that the ebook sells magnificently.

     

    If the ebook sold 100 copies I have some back burner ideas from a notion I have provisionally titled "The Ballad of Uncle Lenny".

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  • peanutroad
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    My immediate thought was the Beatles's 'Paperback Writer.' I guess you're going for sort of the opposite of their writer, who seems quite eager to sell out!

    Considering the sales of my own ebooks, I wouldn't mind selling out myself....png" alt=":smileyfrustrated:" title="Smiley Frustrated" />

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  • Monkey Uncle
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    Example #1:

     

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