Soundtrack to Writing

Thanks to some major encouragement from the husband–in the form of a tablet specific to use for my writing–I have returned to the world of my novel. It’s been two days of furious writing and rewriting of the prologue and the first chapter. I will be moving on to the second chapter hopefully today. I have the majority of the plot line–only thing missing is a the ending (which is always hard for me) and a few middle key points that will get the characters to the final scene. And if you don’t know the final scene it’s hard to make sure your characters get where they’re supposed to be going.

The one thing I do have is three songs that immediately make me think of my characters and my story. The Dreaming Tree by Dave Matthews Band, Dark Blue by Jack’s Mannequin and Forgiveness by Patty Griffin.

The Dreaming Tree- DMB

The Dreaming Tree- DMB

Dark Blue-Jack's Mannequin

Dark Blue-Jack’s Mannequin

Forgiveness-Patty Griffin

Forgiveness-Patty Griffin

Each of these songs I’ve heard behind my characters words, stuck like broken records in their heads.

I know as the story continues to build and flesh out from it’s simplistic outline to it’s epic fantastical conclusion that more songs will resonate with me as representations of the characters, the world I’ve built, the story line itself will be reflected in the lyrics, or the beat or even just the few opening notes. I use these songs (and any more that come along while writing) as my guide, as my muse, as my focus. I know I’m not the only writer who listens to certain songs or artists while writing: Stephanie Myer loves to thank Muse for being just that, a muse. So what do you listen to while writing? What music inspires you to create?

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