Saturday, April 27, 2013

Music As a Writing Tool

Music has been a key part of my life. Growing up, my walls were plastered with the bands that meant the world to me. I lived by those lyrics. I drove around town on late nights with the music up and the windows down.


Same thing with movies. The soundtrack makes such a HUGE difference in a tv show or a movie. I remember when I first started watching Supernatural. I was stunned by how amazing the soundtrack was. I kept watching because of that.


Since music was SO important, I was amazed at myself for not creating a musical playlist for writing my novel until last year. I mean, that's SO much wasted time without the soundtrack to my scene, which is a critical writing tool I haven't been able to write without.


I have multiple playlists I keep on my Grooveshark (free music player) account, which divide some playlists by which WIP I'm working on or which mood I'm going for. I'm telling you guys. It makes all the difference in the world. So lately on Sundays, I've been going to Starbucks, grabbing my iced coffee, popping in headphones, and transforming completely into my writing world. 


I've also recently started doing a Musical Mondays blog post on my blog. Basically, it gives ANY writer the ability to share their writing playlist for a finished manuscript. So far it seems like everyone has really enjoyed hearing what others are listening to while they write. You can check out the most recent Musical Monday here.

What works for you guys? Do you listen to a writing playlist while you write? Is it organized by genre? Mood? WIP? Or do you prefer quiet? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. In case you're curious, here is one of my writing playlists.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, yes, playlists are so important to me. Step one in creating my story is coming up with a solid plot. Then I create the playlist and use it to help fill in the details, like characteristics, motivations, goals, conflicts, and all the rest of the stuff I need before I write my stories. I typically listen to the playlist at least once a day from then on, even when I'm just driving somewhere, because it keeps my mind focused on my story and sometimes gives me ideas. Love, love, love putting stories to music.

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    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for commenting. I agree with you about plot first. If you don't have a strong story to build, music can't help. Hehe. I like the idea of listening to your playlist everyday. That way your story stays with you at all times.

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  2. I have a playlist for each manuscript. Music can be so inspiring! Many of my ideas come to me when I'm driving down the road with the stereo cranking out my songs. Each character has a different song that embodies them best. I'm always sad when I move to revisions and editing. No songs with words, they mess me up. When I'm editing fantasy I enjoy the video game soundtracks (I know, it screams geek!). I also put together a pretty decent classical music playlist to edit mystery/supernatural.

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    1. Hi Kimberly! I agree! Music is SO inspiring. And I know what you mean about being inspired in the car. I've literally had to pull off to the side of the road before. Haha. Video game soundtracks aren't geeky. Sometimes the intense music without lyrics is perfect!

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  3. Thanks for posting this.This is awesome!!

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  4. YEsss. Right now I'm listening to a lot of Calvin Harris. LOVE his stuff.

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    1. Oh! I've never heard of Calvin Harris! I'll have to check him out. Thanks Eliza!

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