If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re either a creative writing tutor or a creative writing student, maybe even both. If you’re a teacher or a coach, then you might also be the one writing this article, because after all, it’s your article and your curriculum. Congratulations! Let’s get right to the point: helping creative writing students write the perfect song for their heroines is both challenging and rewarding. It can also be fun, depending on how you look at it. Let’s examine each stage of the process and how you can best support your student along the way.
Idea Generation And Planning
The first step is to engage the creative writing student in generating as many possible ideas as possible for his or her heroines. During this stage, it’s important to note that although the student is generating ideas, he or she is not yet starting to plan. You can help by asking clarifying questions like “What does your character think?” or “What does your character feel?” The goal is to get the creative writing student to generate as many character-based ideas as possible so that when the planning stage comes, he or she has a lot of options to choose from.
After the initial idea generation stage, the next step is to transition into planning. This is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. In addition to clarifying the questions from the brainstorming stage, the tutor can also help by asking questions about the structure and form of the song. For instance, did the student identify a specific form or styles he or she would like to see in the final work? Does the character have a distinct voice? These are all important questions to ask so that you don’t end up with something that doesn’t sound or feel like a song at all.
Finally, the last step is to put into practice what you’ve planned. This is the stage where your student will hopefully have developed a clear vision of what he or she wants the song to sound like and how he or she wants it to sound. In addition to this, he or she will have started to work on layering tracks, experimenting with different instruments, and honing the overall performance. This stage is also the place where you as a tutor can guide and advise your student on whether or not he or she has succeeded in creating something unique and special. The more you can do at this stage, the more you can help the creative writing student make his or her song stand out.
Once the song is written, the last step is to go back and add some more polish and make any necessary adjustments. This is where you as a tutor can help by looking at the song with a fresh set of ears and offering advice on how to make it sound even better. If you’re lucky, your student will even show you the final product, and you can take this opportunity to give some last-minute tips on how to improve it even more.
If you’re a creative writing student, this stage can be particularly challenging, as you’ll be spending a lot of time working on something that nobody else is going to hear or see. However, if you’re a creative writing tutor, this stage represents the culmination of all your previous work. It’s time to see how well your student has absorbed all of your advice and whether or not he or she has truly surpassed your expectations. What’s important is that you’re both happy with the results. In either case, writing a song for your heroines is both cathartic and inspiring, and it can help your student to grow as a writer. Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful.