LYRICISTS: Quirky tools to tempt the Muse!

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Between July 4th and October 1st there’ll be monthly/weekly challenges, mini-challenges, and skirmishes galore. Nevertheless, at those moments when the creative well seems to dry up, below are a few ideas to help keep you kicking butt. Smile

We have the amazing 'Muse Tools' here on the site (accessed via the menu bar at the top of this page) of course, but the links below are fun additions.

Leon's Random Generators can be useful for extra-zany stuff (including band names).

GoogleTranslate comes into its own with surreal lyrics arising from multiple translations from the English and then back into English (e.g. English>Korean>French>Hungarian>Swahili>English). The final result - or lines from it - can be shaped into something profound or hilarious or both.

Into Goth poetry/lyrics? Try 'The Goth-O-Matic Poetry Generator'. This is basically 'paint by numbers'; the results are seriously dark (and thus very funny). Tongue in cheek for sure. But who knows... An image or two could generate something monumental.

My two favourite sites for inspiration (mainly for an ironic/quirky twist) are:

Many other sites can generate ideas, or simply be an amusing diversion from the hard slog of creating something unique and awesome from scratch.

@AndyGetch also suggests a N+7 poem generator that replaces each noun with the seventh one following it in the dictionary.

@bithprod recommends pasting a couple of well-known lyric lines into and see where it takes you.

Other sites mentioned by FAWMers/50-90ers (@writeandwrong, @halfwalk, @ElaineDiMasi) include:

Also from @AndyGetch

A few suggested earlier by @johnstaples on the FAWM Facebook page.

And from [@t.c.elliott]'s FB page:

From @miltz
Take random text (either generated or your own, maybe mix and match) and feed it to this:

From [@heuristics]

Might stimulate some songs, especially if you combine them with another of the suggestions.

From @Larry
A yoda-speak generator.

Here's another fun tool (WordPalette) mentioned by @thisisbeckyw. You'll find the app here (it's free).
If anyone uses the app, post a link here, and tag the lyric/song #wordpalette.
And from @tsunamidaily

And there's InspiroBot (mentioned elsewhere by @yam655). It randomly generates largely surrealistic 'inspirational quotes' that can be turned into an inspired lyric, song, or instrumental.

And newly mentioned by @squeakmouse73

And not to forget a Gargoyle Name Generator. Smile

Feel free to add other entertaining lyric-generating sites or ideas.

If you use any of the above tools, be sure to post your lyric/song here.

Wow! What a list! I have generally just used life, my thoughts, and rh world around me which seem to be crazy enough but I may try some of these. I do like skirmishes!

I love the MUSE tools. The plot spline tool I think I will find particularly handy.

Thank you for putting all this together. These are things I need to have throughout the rest of the year, just because I need that extra kick in the butt to push my writing sometimes. I love the spontaneous times of writing, but it's fun to see where different words or prompts will take me, sometimes forcing me to write in some genres or some moods that I normally don't write in or even enjoy writing in. Sometimes, writing in a way that's just not you can be refreshing, although it always leaves me wondering what the heck to do with that song.

I forgot to mention one more little fun tool. Recently, I signed up for Holistic Songwriting's 30-day challenge. It's a little different, and definitely fun.

I'm a huge fan of Inspirobot. I was actually going to start a thread in the challenges section but I'm glad it's already been mentioned!

Thank you so much for keeping this list alive @Donna Devine!!!

With the Challenge slowly drawing to a close, some of you might be casting a wide net looking frantically for lyric ideas. Perhaps something in the list here will inspire you. Wink