Writing the Five Genii Way

Mind, Heart & Soul of writing

Category: Deciding What to Write

#4 – The Condition Your Conditions Are In

Jerry Lee Lewis was the first to record “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)” in 1967, backed by the Memphis Boys, but the song is probably better known as the 1968 hit recorded by The First Edition with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals. Mickey Newbury

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#2 – Always on My Mind: Thinking like a writer

Willie, Elvis, the Pet Shop Boys, Brenda Lee, and others popularized the song “Always on My Mind.” At first, this gentle, rueful song made me feel sad. Then I listened closely to the lyrics and got mad. The song was a lousy excuse for not saying or doing something to

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#1 – Paying Attention: A writer notices everything

One of the many nicknames I earned as a child was accurate: “Swivel head.” It wasn’t because I resembled the girl in The Exorcist, with my head going around. In fact, it never did go completely around, just left-right, right-left, left-right whenever we traveled in our green and white Ford

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