As promised, Mondays will be the day that I share what song (or music genre) I listen to when writing a particular scene or scene theme.
I haven’t written a word in my manuscript today. After a tiresome weekend and a hellish day at work…
…needless to say, it’s only my love for you all that I’m even attempting to write this post.lol
The most difficult (but enjoyable) scenes for me to write are love scenes (no surprise there). It’s hard because sometimes, I feel like love just shitted on my day and I’m in no mood to write about two people having all of this passion and chemistry that probably will never exist in the real world. (I mean, come on, ladies. We all can’t have Johnny D. or Idris E. pouring out their love for us on a bed of feathers, now, can we?) So, to put me in the mood and convince me that anything I write is possible, I need something with an up tempo beat to excite me, to tingle my fingertips. Yeah, the lyrics can help, but largely, it has to be the beat. The faster it plays, the faster I think and the faster I type.
But…there aren’t many romantic-ish dance songs out there. So then…I turn to the rolodex of my iTunes music library and find something slow tempo but different, something to keep my creative juices flowing.
(This song is just stunning! If you don’t’ know about those 2 diverse yet incredible talents, educate yourself!)
R&B just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. I’ve listened to it so much in my youth that now, even hearing an “Ooooh baby” will make me either cry in agony or take a letter opener to my keyboard. We want me to stay imaginative yet sane, right?
What both types of songs have in common is that they incite emotions, whether hard, distressed, lustful, angry, or resentful. The emotions are what I need to create my characters and essentially create a bond between two or more of them. Without that, there is no authenticity, and my writing will fail. Music is what helps me when I find myself blocked by my own circumstances and worry. It drags me from the dungeon into a space of illumination and free thinking. Music gives my stories life. 🙂