I have definite thoughts about this, but first give me yours. (Here or on Allison’s blog.)
I saw this video on Facebook. It’s amazing, so watch it.
If you scrolled without watching, allow me to summarize: many popular songs were written using the same four-chord progression. These guys crammed thirty-six (or so, I lost count) song snippets into five minutes without changing the four-chord structure. The transitions are seamless. They cross genres, including the Canadian national anthem and opera, among many pop hits. And there’s a kazoo.
Seriously. You should watch it. Because funny.
Anyway, it got me thinking about book writing and publishing. I’m not sure why but here we are. Maybe I’ll break out a kazoo for consistency.
The heart of the video is originality, or rather the lack of it. The singers/comedians suggest that if you want to write a hit song, all you have to do is follow a formula. Give the people what they think they want, even if it’s the same as…
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