Thursday, February 24, 2011

Idiomatic Groups (Inklings 2-21)

This is a two part prompt for you and your friends. (I'm going to use the plural "you" from now on because I hope you have a writing buddy.)

First, you need to listen to Feeling This by blink 182. In addition to be being a great song, it also serves two purposes today's prompt

Listen to the lyrics and try to pick up some of the idioms.

Now that you have a sense for some idiomatic expressions, you should free write for 20-40 minutes, depending on how much time you have to spare. Here's the list of idioms I used

Bite off more than you can chew

Clean up your act

To each his/her own

Cold shoulder

Fighting a losing battle

Bread and butter

A bubble burst

Change of heart

Turn back the clock

Wouldn’t be caught dead

By the skin of one’s teeth

Pay the piper

Price of Progress

Under the weather

When hell freezes over

A New York Minute

Take by storm

(Wo)Man Of his(/her) word

Jack of All Trades

Silver Bullet

Feel free to use any of those or something you come up with, but make sure you're writing about the same thing with your friend.

A story: During the creative process for their new album, the two front men for blink 182 went into separate rooms and wrote for about an hour. When they came out and shared the work, they realized they wrote about sex: One about the physical and lustful side and the other about the emotional and tender side. They decided to the put the two together and thus a hit was born.
Now, you and friend should sit down and try to mix match the pieces you have and see if you can't come up with a cool piece.

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