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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY THIRTYThe Need for Autonomy as Plot Device

Some Background

As already pointed out, autonomy–and its components of self-esteem, self-belief and self-empowerment–is considered an inherent human need. Sometimes it's necessary to affirm it verbally. And there's no place like a song–not only as a motto for oneself, but as an anthem for others.

Some Autonomy/Survival Titles
I Am, I SaidSome People
I've Got to Be MeI Will Survive
It's My TurnEverybody Says Don't
I'm Still HereYou're Gonna Hear From Me

Prewriting Suggestion

Songs of self-affirmation tend to be a kind of “thinking out loud” to no one in particular. Sometimes the assertion is set in the talking voice and addressed to a particular singee. “It's My Turn,” with the second-person ...

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