Song lyrics. Wow. I admire individuals who can capture an image or a moment in time in the lyrics of a song. We novel writers are warned to watch verbosity, watch the flowery prose and, as my writers group reminds me at least a few times a year, watch the cliches. Can we say it simpler?
A smile washed across Nick’s face.
Getting too verbose in a dramatic scene can take the reader out of the scene. (Thanks, Raji, for that advice.) Powerful images are needed to drive those moments forward.
Tell him that the sun and moon rise in his eyes.
“Tell Him,” Celine Dion.
How can I just let you walk away, just let you leave without a trace.
“Against All Odds,” Phil Collins.
When you find you, come back to me.
“Come Back to Me,” David Cook.
I’m often inspired by song lyrics like these. I’ve pulled off the road to make note of a song title so I can go back and listen to the words again.
What about you? Have you ever written a scene or a whole book based on an image conjured up by a song?