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Exercise Wednesday: Lyricpalooza

February 12, 2014

I was watching the Grammys this year and say an amazing performance from a singer named Pink.

Who would name their kid Pink?

The same people who would name their kid Wolfman Jack or Prince. Pay attention.

The lyrics for the song she performed included this gem:

Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try

In those seven brief lines are twenty-eleven best-selling novels, along with some brilliant imagery. Just because something is scary and you got hurt by it, you should try. And try. And try. (I don’t think it was laziness that caused that word to be there three times.)

Today, your job is to write a scene in which your protagonist has been burned pursuing a desire and has to realize that just because they were burned doesn’t mean they’re gonna die. It’s a scary thing for that to happen. But now it’s time to buckle up and move forward.

(Also, you should consider the product of this prompt to include in the FWA Collection. Here are the guidelines.)

Time limit: 20 minutes


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