On this very blog, I interview a lot of writers and people involved in the publishing process. But today I’m going to try something different! Hang onto your hats 🙂
As I work on writing a manuscript, I find that the characters and scenes play out like a movie in my mind. I’m not sure that is particularly unique to me, but I do think it’s an interesting phenomenon. As the scenes and conversations go by, not only do I have the visual in mind, but also the soundtrack and sometimes even the score. Again, not sure if other people experience this, but I suspect they do. You might think that my being a musician and having all of these ideas, musical and non-musical, in my head as I write, my prose would contain amazing detail and imagery.
It doesn’t. In fact, I struggle with it sometimes (But I’ll save that for another post!).
For today, though, I’d like to interview you, my readers, about you novel’s soundtrack. Your novel can be published or not, complete or not. Those silly details don’t matter for this! If you would like to take part, and I’d love it if you did, please write your responses to my questions in the comment section. Include some links, if you want! Here are the questions:
1. Does the music you personally listen to influence the books/stories that you write? If so, can you give us an example?
2. When you think about your latest completed novel or work in progress, what music comes to mind? Have you put together a playlist for it?
3. Do you use specific music to help you “get in the zone” for a writing session?
I’ll go ahead and answer first.
1. I do think that the music I listen to can influence what I write. For instance, before writing my first novel, Muse’s song Citizen Erased was on constant repeat. That novel has a definite “Musey” vibe. A little dark, and introspective. Here is the lyric video for that tune:
2. My latest novel is quite different from my first. I wouldn’t say that I have a full playlist for it, but Bruce Springsteen’s Fire would definitely be on it!
3. I definitely use music for “getting in the zone”. If I know I only have a certain amount of time to write, I may prep myself by listening to the music that I know can get me ready, mentally, so I can maximize my time. And sometimes, like I mentioned about my first novel, a song can literally throw me into the zone!
So, now it’s your turn! Tell us about your soundtrack! I love connecting with my readers 🙂
Thanks for playing along!