I think it’s safe to say music is one of the many tools writers use to poet or write. To me, it’s one of the most important and most effective in my writing. Sometimes I’ll be listening to Pandora while writing a chapter, and song after song plays, some with different emotions and messages. When I go back to revise that chapter, I find the emotions drastically changing to match the songs I had been listening to! xD
On a more serious note, lyrics can inspire. Ever heard a lyric of a song that triggers the writer in you? Of course it’s going to be different for everyone, but when I hear a very unique lyric in a song, I sometimes think: “That could be a short story” or “a chapter in my novel.” I dunno, little quips here and there that make me want to write to the emotions playing through my headphones. 😛
With that being said, what music do you like to listen to when you write? I’ve recently discovered (because the weirdness in me causes my music tastes to change like every three weeks) that the Cranberries and Indie Rock keep me writing. I could listen to every single song on a Cranberries album. The Irish band may not be that well known anymore, but back in the 90s, it was a painter’s soundtrack [as my mother told me].
Indie Rock is just all around AWESOME. The simplistic, repeating beats and melodies with acoustic guitar and harmonies really drive me to write an extra paragraph when I feel like stopping. The radio station on Pandora really selects great songs. Plus the 90s is awesome.
And of course there’s the country side of me. DOLLY PARTON ALL AROUND. If you ever find yourself writing your novel or short story on a ranch, you better turn that country up. 😛
I guess the point I’m trying to make is, songs can influence our writing greatly. I always like to select songs that match the scene I’m writing, or even reading. My sister loves to select certain songs that produce a certain emotion while she’s reading a part of her book, because then it enhances the experience of the book [when the emotions match, of course.]
So the questions for you all are: Do you like to listen to music while you write or read? Which music, and why? Do you think it has any influence on your writing? 🙂
Have a fantastical day~