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Songwriting Without Boundaries by Pat Pattison

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CHALLENGE #4

WRITING IN RHYTHM & RHYME

True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance,

As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.

—ALEXANDER POPE, “AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM”

I got the idea for this challenge from Gillian Welch, who several years ago participated in an object-writing group with me and four others. We worked online every Tuesday for several months and then, because we were having such a great time, we decided to add a second night. So every Tuesday and Thursday, I dutifully sent out the “object for the day,” and, using “reply all,” we each sent our efforts to the others. I highly recommend group writing like this, if you can find several good writers to join in.

Gillian’s partner David Rawlings had suggested to her that there ...

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