30 Days of Writing: Day Seven

Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

I don’t always listen to music when I write, but when I do, its largely instrumental. I like movie soundtracks and classical albums because I’m easily distracted by words, and works by Beethoven or John Williams can get me in the right sort of mood. That’s what I need, often, the right mood. If I’m writing something gut-wrenching, the theme from Schindler’s List does the trick. In a more triumphant frame of mind? Got to be Star Wars.

I am, however, inspired by music. To put me in the correct vibe, I’ll listen to some of my favorite rock music, like The Who’s Quadrophenia or a playlist I’ve made specifically for a story or character.

I find that there are songs that relate to my characters. Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” reminds me very much of one, The Who’s “Acid Queen” is perfect for another.

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5 thoughts on “30 Days of Writing: Day Seven

  1. Beth,
    How about a character named Bob Turner. He could be a retired master spy who may be called back into service for a special project, but somehow he is spooked by ghosts of the past. However he is able to pass on his experience to a younger talent (male or female) who does wonderful things…

  2. I wrote my novel, “The Mandolin Case,” with a mandolin strap around my neck the whole way. When I got to an impasse, I’d play a while.

    The book is a medical legal mystery solved by bluegrass muscians, so the music was quite an inspiration.

    Dr. B

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