Ways to use music in your writing
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Some writers need complete silence. Some can’t write unless they listen to music. Music can create various moods.
I go back and forth – sometimes I listen to classical music as I am writing. Sometimes I use various songs in various scenes that help me get deep into the character’s head. Sometimes when I need to finish a book, I listen to fast music to keep me typing.
Here are ways music can help you in your writing:
Gets you started
Find a song that grounds you – one that makes you want to write. Sit in the chair and play that song when you are ready to type. For me – this is classical music. It calms me. Centers me. Helps me focus.
Tap into your emotions
Remember when you were sad, you used to listen to sad songs to help you let it all out. If you are feeling tapped or can’t seem to get that love scene right, maybe you can’t muster up enough inspiration for an action scene – try music. Pick a song that gets you feeling. Alice Peacock and Susan Tedescki does this for me. They have songs that just get to me every time. It may help you tap into those emotions that may be hard to reach on a daily basis.
Sometimes if I am in carpool or working around the house or running, music helps me brainstorm or process my book ideas. I think it comes down to what inspires you, what makes you feel a certain way, or what kind of book/scene you are processing/brainstorming. For me, I pick something like David Gray or Jason Miraz.
Moves you past writer’s block
Music might help you if you are struggling with writer's block. Various songs may just be the muse you need. If you need some action or excitement, try some fast pace songs. For me, this may be some popular pop songs like One Republic or Justin Timberlake.
Puts you in a mood for a scene/chapter
If I am writing a really big love scene, I may choose something that gets my heart beating. For me, this is Ed Sheeran. Or if I need something really sad, maybe Cat Powers or Adele. If I am writing an action scene, I may use a little Timbaland, Muse, or Eminem.
Gives you a book soundtrack
Combine all the songs that help you write various scenes and chapters. Now you have a playlist. This can be used to write daily or it can be an extra for your readers when your book comes out.
Do you write to music? If so – what kind? Do you have a favorite band/group/artist that you write to more than others?
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