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The last of the foundational exercises, this two-parter takes what you’ve learned from the week and puts it together to write a full verse.

Part I: Dig into the details. Even the smallest details tell a story about who you are. Practice showing the detail of a setting in the way a novelist would describe a scene. Similar to the Figurative Exercise on day 02, but focus your words a bit more on storytelling.

Here's an example I pulled from the song "Growing Up to Grow Apart." Starting off I had the theme of Childhood neighborhood and I started to freeflow write in detail about the idea of being a broken kid. That morphed into a variety of different ideas but stayed within the same theme of childhood and growing up. 

First page of the Rhyme Scene Investigation exercise


Part II: Use that detailed writing along with a rhyme scheme to transfer imagery into a brand new verse. Painting a vivid picture of a setting can give the listener a specific sense of place and can make for some really beautifully honest lines.

After I was finished writing this page, I looked it over and found certain phrases I thought I could use. Using the space at the bottom of page 2 and the rhyme blocks I whittled away ideas until I came up with a verse I was happy with. 


Full page view of RSI exercise with an example


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