How To Steal An Idea For A Song


If you have ever read something and would have liked to write it? Welcome to the club. Being original is difficult, but having so many beautiful ideas Why bother trying to think something original?

There are many nice ideas to steal. Are you going to stop writing because someone already thought about that before? That way you’ll never write anything! And if a person already had a better idea or development already, why not use it?

Pablo Picasso said: “Good artists copy, geniuses steal.” And he was right … Enough of breaking our heads trying to be creative.

In this article we teach you how to steal like great artists, that is, with complete impunity!

Sure you know the phrase attributed to Picasso, the funny thing is that the history of the same aphorism reveals its nature. Was Picasso the creator of the phrase?

Many claim that it comes from Oscar Wilde, who said “the talented borrows, the genie steals”, which in reality seems to be an adaptation many other phrases that many other authors said in a different way: TS Eliot “The immature poet imitates, the mature poet steals ” (Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal) or even Igor Stravinsky, ” A good composer does not imitate, Roba ” (” A good composer does not imitate; he steals “) and supposedly everything seems to go back to a so-called popular saying “The wise one creates, the genius copies and the mediocre imitates”.

But go to one to know …

Why steal ideas?

First because we all think more or less the same and because, second, ideas are not from anyone, you can not register an idea. You must register a work or a work (a song, a poem, a book, etc.) which is the development of an idea.

The important thing is that many of us stop writing a topic because someone already thought about it before, or because there is already a similar work and we are afraid that they will accuse us of plagiarism. What is clear is that you have to steal and you have to steal well. And the best thing is that you can use the work of another or the idea that you like with total impunity.

The paraphrase: The art of stealing great ideas

The Paraphrase is a resource that comes from the rhetoric and serves especially for big ideas that have already been developed by another author. It’s about taking a mold idea and developing it with your words.

It can be understood as a free and expanded interpretation but it can also be approached as an imitation, or a recreation of the text.

It should be noted that the paraphrase can have as much merit and originality as its model, the original idea.

How does it work? I’m not stealing, I’m borrowing … ahem!

We start from a work already developed, something that we like. In general a poem, although it can also be a story, a movie or another song (although the ideal is to steal from another area). The important thing is to maintain the meaning, that is, the initial idea, but develop content, complete it, rewrite it, expand it or even copy or imitate it.

Paraphrasing is about expressing with your own words an idea told by someone else. We can understand two types of types or ways of working it.

A) Imitation: it is about completing or expanding the idea by adding very similar statements keeping the original form. The ideas are complemented by the original.

B) Recreation: keeping the initial idea recreated using your own words. A kind of rewriting.

It is important to note that the paraphrase does not add anything new to the original content and the sense is always respected. The idea is taken as a mold and propositions, sentences and similar sentences are proposed that are equivalent to the original ones, a) as if the author wrote them with his words (imitation) b) or you do it with your words as if the idea were yours (recreation).

In conclusion, we take an idea and tell it how we like it, copying the author’s style or doing it with our style, and if we come up with phrases that sound better, we are on an excellent path.

Paraphrase, The art of stealing small ideas

Everyday we usually use the paraphrase without realizing it, in this case we call it paraphrasing. It consists of repeating a phrase of another with our words. That is, a repetition with a slight variation. This is ideal for small ideas such as phrases, ideas, titles or even complete aphorisms.

Paraphrasing is an extremely common resource in songs, nobody can accuse anyone of theft and it is best that the author appropriates the idea completely, as we saw at the beginning of the article with Picasso’s phrase. The confusion arises because people believe that certain phrases belong to such author or song and yet are of a popular nature or belong to other authors and works.

Steal as a team

To steal is to take something from another and make it yours. Appropriating it with your words. To plagiarize is to copy the words, not only the idea but the work and its development. And it is important to note that this is punishable by law.

Ideas are not recorded, they do not belong to anyone, the work is the only original and tangible. Some claim that ideas are universal and individual creation.

If you are a teacher, a good exercise is to give two students or a group of people the same idea to see the differences in the development of the idea and its originality. It is usually very funny.

If you like to compose as a team, you can ask a partner to develop your version of your idea and then combine both developments with the best ideas and phrases of the two to achieve the best possible song.

All the great artists are thieves

In conclusion we have shown different ways of stealing an idea that you liked and that you would like to use in your songs. There are no excuses for not making songs, you do not have to be original, you must not be inspired, you do not need to have an idea or phrase. Find something that you liked and recreate in your song.


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