Today I welcome my first guest blogger, Krystal Wade. Krystal blogs about a lot of things, from her memories of growing up, to hilarious tales of picking up hitchhikers, or – as she calls them – slugs (I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her). In a recent post I wrote, I mentioned that I can’t listen to music while writing. This was Krystal’s response.
Music is My Muse
Recently I discovered Derek doesn’t listen to music when he writes. My initial reaction was shock, but when he explained his reasoning it made sense. He’s a musician and a writer. Listening to music for him could be compared to reading a book while writing a manuscript. Something along the lines of studying and a fear of ripping off other people’s work.
But for me, and I’m sure many others, music is essential while I write. Not only does it drown out the sounds of barking dogs, arguing toddlers, loud televisions or whatever else is going on in my house, the music opens my imagination to a whole new level.
Words flow from my fingers at the same pace as the beat. Emotions explode as the song reaches a crescendo or emotions dwindle as the song winds down with a decrescendo. It doesn’t matter what type of music—I listen to almost everything—as long as it’s full of feeling. You know what I mean? Music that moves you. Whether it’s the Braveheart soundtrack or Eminem and Rihanna singing about hard times—The. Music. Must. Move. Me.
What I always find funny is if someone asks me what I’m listening to while I write, my response is always the same, “I have no clue.”
That’s right. I don’t hear music while I write. It may affect the emotions of what I’m working on, but it only registers in some subconscious part of my brain. For me to “hear” what I’m listening to I must make a conscious effort.
There are times when I choose a certain type of music because I want it to influence me in a particular way—this is why I have many Pandora stations—and once playing I get lost in it.
Many of my character’s diverse personalities are due to what I was listening to while I was writing their lines. For instance, one of my story’s antagonists isn’t sure about his bad ways and I blame Linkin Park’s What I’ve Done for that. There are a few other songs which have molded that antagonist in particular, many of which involve a lot of scary screaming and soft songs of regret.
My favorite protagonist is influenced by so many songs, it would be impossible to name them all here, but one song that struck me more than any while writing “her story” was Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne.
Now that we’re on the subject, I’m wondering if I should keep a writing/music diary, so I know which musician to blame if one of my characters takes a path not of my design.