Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Not "unfortunately" ... I enjoy dabbling in several non-musical (and musical) fields. If it's not work, then I'm keen :) I wrote stories for only a few years - less than on this site haha. I was a bit miffed about the wizard story but once I read Harry Potter it was fine. I was an instant fan.
Definitely agree with the metaphorical approach. The hard part is giving a clear message without being didactic, preachy or holier-than-thou. Mum was a writer and she used to say, "show, don't tell" so, rather than saying "Jer was a thrifty lad", you might instead say "Jer furtively dropped another ten cent piece in his piggy bank".
Solo projects are fun. I did a bunch of songs on a sequencer years ago (I couldn't play the other instruments). If you do a solo thing, I recommend getting friends to drop in tracks. I found it really enriched the songs ... actually some were really just a set up for my band's guitar player to stretch out in. Awesome player but his brilliance rarely came out during the band songs ... we had to be accessible and danceable for the pub crowd.
And do the poets here have any web-sized chunks of verse to share? I promise not to critique it - just it stand on its merits.
I'll message you a poem/lyrics if you'd like, I don't really put them up for anyone and everyone to read.
I get friends to help with the solo project from time to time, I'll have to when it comes to recording, mostly I just started it so I could write the music I wanted to hear, free of other voices telling me I can and can't do certain things, I like to be different, not accessible.