On Writing, Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt 31

Dig Down + My Name Is Human

This week’s writing prompt is some sci-fi cyberpunk awesomeness brought to you by the alternative rock bands Muse and Highly Suspect and one major geek of a writer (me, that’s me, gang).

A few years ago, I was working on a sci-fi story and had put together a playlist of songs to listen to while writing (because that’s what I do). One of the songs on that sci-fi playlist was Highly Suspect’s “My Name Is Human” from their second album The Boy Who Died Wolf. For me, that song was the overarching theme of what I was writing. While I really liked the song, I didn’t care much for the accompanying video. By contrast, Muse, a band that was very heavily represented on my sci-fi soundtrack, had released a song called “Dig Down” on their sci-fi-themed album Simulation Theory, and while I wasn’t a fan of the original version of that track, I freaking loved that video with its badass heroine played by Lauren Wasser. In essence, “Dig Down” was the video that I’d wanted for “My Name Is Human.” So, being the absurd, musically-obsessed dork that I am, I decided to watch the “Dig Down” video with the sound off while listening to “My Name Is Human.” And you know what? It worked! Moreover, it got me thinking more in-depth about the futuristic world that I was creating and also made me realize who the true main character of my story was.

I invite you to try my little experiment. Watch the video below with the sound off while listening to the song “My Name Is Human” by Highly Suspect (you can find the song on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming platforms if you don’t have a copy of the album). See what the lyrics and images inspire in you.

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