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Chapter 2 explores metaphors - what they are and how to create exciting 'word collisions'. Pat deals with expressed identity (noun, noun) eg fear is a shadow, the shadow of fear, fear's shadow; qualifying metaphors ((adjective, noun) or (adverb, verb)) eg hasty clouds, to sing blindly and finally verbal metaphor (verb, noun) eg Clouds sail, he tortured his clutch. Pat introduces his own theory on 'writing in keys' and there is also an exercise on simile. A very thorough and intense 14 day period.
Chapter 3 combines the previous ideas by expanding these metaphorical exercises with tighter object writing using linking qualities to find target ideas. By this point you will notice some serious improvement in your writing - you will be really surprising yourself at times.
Chapter 4 introduces rhythm and rhymes into the mix. He guides you through stressed and unstressed words then you start with tetrameter couplets in duple and triple time before advancing to common meter and exercises in pentameter and unstable structures.
What makes the book really helpful are the copious examples from students who have tried these exercises: Pat analyses what makes these responses effective and how you can learn from them, although it a slight filler at times. He suggests writing with a few friends or maybe people you know online, but failing that these examples serve the same purpose and make you feel as if you are in a 'workshop' setting. If you aren't looking for a group/workshop approach to songwriting then this book isn't for you as Patterson comes from the angle of always needing and looking for feedback instead of relying on your instincts as a songwriter.
Then examples are given by other writers. I found the examples to be overly fluffy and pretentious, not the way I want to write.
I felt like I was wading through treacle and couldn't get past the second chapter.
You know that feeling of taking an exam? that's what I had when trying to complete the given examples.
It did not help me at all.
I may come back to it later on because I know the author is a prolific and successful writer.
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