Monday, October 22, 2012
I first heard the song in spin class, during a time I was getting to know the characters in my current manuscript. There was something about the haunting melody and angst-ridden lyrics that felt perfect for my male protagonist. I listened to it for quite some time - sometimes while writing - to put me in the character's frame of mind. See, music is portable. You can listen to it in the car, on a run, cleaning, folding laundry and still write in your head. With my ear buds in, I can multitask, even make dinner, while working out my plot and no one is the wiser.
I know I'm not the only writer who gets inspired by music. Stephen King listens to heavy metal so he can focus. Stephanie Meyer even thanked the band, Muse, in her acknowledgements for inspiring her while she was writing the Twilight series. I rarely listen to music while I write, but when I do, it's to tap into some emotion. If I'm stuck in a scene, or have trouble feeling the mood I'm trying to create, listening to music sometimes helps. I don't consciously put a playlist together, but when I'm finished with a novel I definitely have a soundtrack. And every character, no matter how minor, almost always has a song.
So what about you Paper Waiters? Does music help or hurt your process?