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Is Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” An Extended Writing Prompt?

For that matter, is any music you happen to love a writing prompt?

I heartily encourage my readers who are writers (and, those who are not yet writers) to listen to The Wall

Have a pen and paper or a simple computer note-taker handy

If you don’t get at least one dynamite writing idea, I’ll return your full purchase price :-)

Also, if you’ve heard Pink Floyd and can’t stand them, please tell us in the Comments what music gives you writing ideas

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5 responses to “Is Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” An Extended Writing Prompt?

  1. Tomas Karkalas August 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I like meditation sounds, the music that head out of oneself to the spiritual realms where everything melt into the light and result in deep peace and gives the true relax.
    While working (painting or writing or dreaming over a cup of coffee) my best music is total silence.
    So appeared a picture and the text below on
    These are two artworks with the ending quote. I would greatly appreciate your comments…your thoughts. I know how busy you are and therefore my gratitude will be hundredfold.


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I love the first image at that link, Tomas…

      The words you have with it seem just like what you say in your comment here about music…

      I want to quote your words:
      “Tall tree was growing in my backyard; I was young too, but became a bald at the window. The tree has changed likewise. A stump fits in my eye-shot now.
      “I and the tree kept eye-to-eye contact for a long but didn’t reach an intimacy because many other windows gazed at us and each looked from its own perspective, so a bad–mouthing colored the sky.
      “But the confusion didn’t last for a long. Somebody crowed the stump: put a vase of the flowers on it. The stranger’s search for the beauty stopped all misunderstandings and honored us both.
      “Wow! It is good to live in an apartment house: many people dream in the windows here. The sense of togetherness creates the peace in the thundering town, inflames with the want to create. I joyfully scrape the potatoes for to cook something to eat.”


  2. Jane Watson August 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I think anything is an extended writing prompt which helps you look inward and draws your focus onto the quietness of the page, rather than the hectic turmoil of the outside world…I like Mozart, the singers Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jimmy Little. Unfortunately when you answer a question like this it encourages you to re-visit your choices and to listen to them again – instead of putting down your answer here, lol, which is what I have been doing;-)

    Andante cantabile from Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218 Arthur Grumiaux, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis Mozart for Meditation: Quiet Music for Quiet Times

    Adagio from Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216 Henryk Szeryng, New Philharmonia Orchestra & Sir Alexander Gibson Mozart at Midnight: A Soothing Little Night Music

    Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man & Various Artists -If It Be Your Will, Artist: Antony
    And here are the lyrics of that song – the quintessential expression of writer’s block….:-)

    And here is Antony singing the writer’s block song – a song that Cohen wrote in a Buddhist monastery he had retreated to, to be away from the spotlight of fame, about his angst as a blocked writer… Don’t be put off by Antony’s constant fidgeting – listen to his voice ;-)


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Jane !!

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your favorite extended writing prompts!

      And, for letting me know it’s possible to embed a video in the comments :-)

      Also, thank you, Very Much, for saying this:

      “I think anything is an extended writing prompt which helps you look inward and draws your focus onto the quietness of the page, rather than the hectic turmoil of the outside world…”


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