Friday, April 19, 2013

Music and Writing

I can't write a single musical note and the only note I can find on a piano is middle C, but I love music and tell people that music is the most inspiring form of writing in the world! There is something magical and mathematical and technical and spiritual about great music.

Yet, I don't listen to music when I write. I thought it was always distracting. Maybe I need to rethink that.

Normally when I write I prefer television, no music and no kids. (As the mother of six children that means I don't write very often!)

Yes, there are times when music will put me in the mood to write. On those days I listen to a song or two, get my inspiration and then shut off the music and move to the keyboard.

But maybe listening to inspiring music while I am writing might be allowed. Melissa Lemon, who wrote Blue Sky, said music from Micheal Buble inspired her to write a scene in her book where Lewis and Sunny are apart.

And in his book, A Thousand Suns, author Jim Haberkorn was inspired while listening to the theme to Inception to write the powerful scene in his book where Yohaba is walking calmly through a sea of Russian agents toward just one...Boris. (I have actually gone back and listened to both of those songs while rereading the very scenes they inspired. That was an interesting experience and I would recommend it to the fans of those books. It confirmed to me the powerful emotions I had already felt and they were so able to capture in those scenes.)

If you want to learn more about Blue Sky or A Thousand Suns, check out my reviews of both of these books by clicking on their book covers to the right. Then follow my reviews back to the author's web site for some additional great reading.

And next time you hear a song that makes you stop and think about one of the characters you are writing about, turn up the music and get to work.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't done this yet; but one of my favorite authors (Brandon Sanderson) does this all the time. He does it sometimes while brainstorming and while writing. I'll have to try it sometime and see how it works.