Wordplay Thursday #150

Wordplay Thursday

Welcome to Wordplay Thursday!

“Nervous is ________.”

Here’s a writing prompt for you. It’s a simple fill-in-the-blank. You can use one word or several. Feel free to get as crazy, genre-appropriate, or as imaginative as you want. The point is to get the creative juices flowing. And it’s a good thing to dig deeper, so don’t stop at the first idea that hits you. Try coming up with at least five things.

And try to get IMAGERY in at least one of your plays.

“Nervous is __________.”

I’ll give you an example to get you started:

“Nervous is the taste of fingernails.

Wordplay Thursday

I’d love to hear what you come up with, so please share in the comments. Oh, and please keep your posts below an R-rating. It’s a family show, after all!

And thanks to everyone for your great additions to Wordplay Thursday #149 (read it here)! Great job!

Wordplay is a fun way to kickstart the creative process, but if you REALLY want to get strong ideas- consistently- then I have a great workshop series coming up for you.   It runs in August, and it’s called “Song Ideas: From Blank Page To Finished Lyric.”

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Andrew went through the course earlier this year, and here’s what he has to say about it.  CLICK HERE or on the image below to hear Andrew talk about his experience.

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This course is designed to take you from a blank page to a new song idea to a fully developed concept to a finished lyric. You’ll learn a repeatable process you can use to discover and develop strong song ideas again and again. And you’ll also learn how to frame and focus those ideas for maximum commercial impact and appeal.

This course is INTERACTIVE! You won’t sit back and just stare at me talking for an hour-and-a-half each night. You won’t be some number on my laptop’s dashboard. No. We’ll be face-to-face. You’ll have exercises to practice outside of our sessions. I’ll ask you questions. You can ask me questions. We’re in this thing together. That’s why I keep the workshops small- I want to get to know YOU!

Tickets for this event are on sale NOW. There are only a few spots left, and I expect them to go fast- so don’t wait too long and miss your chance to take your songwriting to the next level!

I look forward to seeing you in August- CLICK HERE or on the image below to learn more and reserve your spot now!

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God Bless and Enjoy the Journey,


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13 thoughts on “Wordplay Thursday #150”

  1. Nervous is ____

    – sometimes like nitrous for the soul but can make a body prematurely grow old
    – often a beneficial warning system
    – perspiring up a storm, even when it’s freezing cold,
    – talking fast and loud, because you don’t like crowds
    – heart racing, palms sweating, second guessing on which horse your over betting

  2. “Nervous is ________.”

    …tip-toeing out the door, and her daddy’s standing in the hallway
    …a racing mind that doesn’t see the checkered flag
    …the night before the day she says ‘I do’
    …when she’s late again, and her Papa said he’d kill that man
    …when your heart won’t play pretend anymore
    …a cat in the ninth inning of the game

  3. Nervous is:
    -a boy fourteen alone with the pretty girl with freckles.
    -the gas gauge touching the line and twenty miles to go.
    -waiting for her to come out of the bathtroom with the test result.
    -putting the fifty-second card on the top of the three foot high tower.
    -telling the new tattoo artist “Let’s do it!”.

  4. Nervous is….
    A cold sweat on warm ice
    A flutter at the corner of your eye
    Expecting the worse and worrying about why it hasn’t happened yet
    Juggling loose change with one hand and pinching your ear lobe with the other
    Caring too much

  5. Nervous is:

    -waiting for those church doors to open on your wedding day
    -taking your drivers test for the first time.
    -waiting in the doctor’s office for test results
    -your first airplane flight
    -teeth marks in your #2 pencil

  6. Nervous is…..

    lives on either side, talkin’ race, religion, needs, and pride, while time ticks away and guns load.

    a mom in the streets at night as her babies cry for food and lights, while a prayer floats up in the air and goes unknown.

    the swiping of a plastic card though a scanner and systems where thugs try hard, to beat you to your last dime before you’re home.

    telling him he’s the only one, changin’ Facebook identities to keep it fun, hoping the lithium lasts until your lie is gone.

  7. ….when that horn in your car gets stuck & you just can’t shut it of… mean while…that long line of Hells Angels that are in front you…they start to pull over…

    …when your mom demands, ” Who ate half of your father’s birthday cake???? ” & your the only one there…with crumbs & icing all over your face…

    …when your making love to your wife…& in the heat of passion…you mention her sister’s name….

    …after you’ve put your foot in your mouth…a lamp shade goes flying past your head…

    When you step up to the plate to bat….& staring you down is the pitcher they call…” Spike, (send you to the hospital ) Kowalski ”…

  8. Nervous is tip toeing away as your little man drifts off to sleep.
    Your sweetheart in something red and frilly; peeling back those sheets.
    Fingers crossed…. and it’s time, for his little sister…
    Those hot supple lips on yours, boy you better have the technique.
    Nervous or not… you better make her burn like a cinder…

  9. Nervous is

    Fighting the trembling and still walking up to her

    Nervous is

    She just said yes to your date

    Nervous is

    Leaning in for that first kiss when her eyes say ‘OK’

    Nervous is

    Waiting your whole life to taste an angels lips

    Nervous is

    Knowing one day it’ll end

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