Not too long ago, I blogged about the music muse for my novel (you know the one I actually finished on Sunday *happy dance again* :D).
I still wonder if the inspiration is already there and the music just seems to fit or if the music actually inspires me.
I had one of those moments waiting for the train last week. I have the musical Mamma Mia in my ipod (yes I do :-)) and as I stood in the cold at around 7am, I listened to these particular songs:
and this one
Both of them always move me. No doubt about that.
However, this time I immersed myself in my WIP and it made “click”. The first song inspired me a scene or released it, it was a very tough one to write (and no it´s not a break-up per se 🙂 but gosh the emotions flowing through it ripped my heart apart). The second one showed me I need to add some details about the mother/daughter relationship in the story.
Do you have one song which inspired YOU to add something to your story? or inspired you an entire scene? Do you listen to music when writing/editing?
13 thoughts on “The music muse part deux…”
There is inspiration all around, what a great idea!
Thanks Claire 🙂
I don’t listen to music as I write (I like quiet!) but there is one song that inspired the overall mood for my story WHERE POPPIES BLOOM. It’s called IF I DIE YOUNG and it’s by The Band Perry. Love it!
I need to listen to it 😀 I usually have the ipod on when I write in the train…it helps me to not pay attention to the conversations around me 😀
I’m okay listening to music once I’ve settled in and am making some good headway in my writing (during a particular writing session). Yesterday I started listening to music right away and it was like pulling teeth getting any writing done. I’m definitely inspired by all kinds of music 🙂
I understand what you mean 😀 in the train music helps me to block all other noises…at home though I usually don’t listen to any music while I am writing…hope your next writing session does not resemble a visit to the dentist 😀
I can’t listen to music when I write, but I do like to listen to music before I write. I do find it inspiring.
😀 music seems to really have a positive effect on many people’s writing…
Oh, Abba *sigh* I am a huge ABBA fan. I don’t listen to music while I’m writing as well, because I end up singing along . One of the songs that inspired me for WIP is Lady Antebellum’s I Run to You as well as Daughtry’s What about now.. Yeah, music does play a big part in my writing.
Singing along while writing may make progressing a tad difficult 😀 I need to check out the songs you mention…It really seems music inspires a lot of us 🙂
I listen to music while I write, but none of it can have lyrics because it distracts me. Or, if it has lyrics, it can’t be in a language I understand. Otherwise I sing along and my WIP sits untouched. 🙂
Singing along can be distracting when writing 🙂 It´s interesting to see the different habits/takes on this. Thanks for sharing Tabitha…
Mamma Mia! I loved the movie, and watched it in the theater while everyone else watched The Dark Knight 😉 Plus my parents and I are going to see the show live next month – should be fun!
Right now I’m trying NOT to listen to Adele while I’m writing; I think I need a break from “Someone Like You” after writing so many dark scenes! But I will listen to anything for inspiration. As for music while writing, I tend to listen to instrumentals so they won’t get in the way. (Current favorites: Daft Punk’s “The Game Has Changed” and Brad Mehldau’s version of “Blackbird.”
Great blog, by the way!