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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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, ย but back in the 90s, it was a painter’s soundtrack [as my mother told me].ย 

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.ย 

And of course there’s the country side of me. DOLLY PARTON ALL AROUND. If you ever find yourself writingย your novel or short story on a ranch, you better turn that country up. ๐Ÿ˜›ย 

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fantastical day~


5 thoughts on “Music

  1. Music–it is my favorite thing next to writing. I can’t sing, but I can play several instruments. I love turning on some music–and then just sit there with my eyes closed, trying to take it in. I have always paid close attention to lyrics, trying to sort out in my mind what this song is all about. To answer your questions, yes, I love to listen to music when I write or read! Actually, I’m listening to some music right now! Classical music. To answer your second question, I love to listen to classical music the most when I write or read. There’s not any lyrics, just the sound of the instruments. Sometimes the music can be loud or booming, inspiring me to write something exciting, and big. Or the music can be a sad, smooth melody, inspiring me to write a sorrowful scene. The music can also be light and happy, inspiring me to write–as one of my close friends would say–of butterflies and daffodils! Yes, I believe that music does have an influence on my writing, a lot!
    Thank you for reading my short, overly dramatic essay about music and writing! ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you didn’t fall asleep. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Oh, and I love Dolly Parton! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Misty–you are awesome. Just wanted to get that out there first lol. Anyway, what instruments do you play? I play guitar, and that really inspires me to write lyrics, etc. I agree, classical music is awesome to listen when writing. The absence of singing/lyrics allows you to really delve into the music being played–because they tell a story all on their own! I loved reading your response; thank you so much for writing it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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