Music is a great way to inspire creativity, and often overlooked way to help you grow as a writer.
Capturing the Cadence
One aspect of writing that many writers overlook is cadence, rhythm, and flow. This is something that comes instinctually to some writers, but it can always be improved on. The way our sentences sound matter as much as what they’re saying, both on their own and as a part of the whole scene and story. When you listen to music, pay attention to the lyrics and how the words sound as you say them. Tune your ear to hear the way words work both in and out of music, and your writing will begin taking on a lyrical quality to it as well.
What kind of music do your characters listen to? Putting on music that your POV character would listen to can help you keep your writing in his or her head. It also helps you understand your character better, especially if you ask questions-- why does your character like a certain band or artist? Is music a big part of your characters life?
Music to Set the Tone
Don’t confine your music-listening to only the songs your characters would create. Your recalcitrant teenager might not be into sad love songs, but you as the writer might draw inspiration from them during an achey, heartbreaking scene you’re trying to perfect. An epic movie soundtrack might inspire you while you write your story’s climax, or classical music might be what taps into the creative part of your brain that allows the words to flow.
How do you use music to influence your writing? Do any specific songs or artists inspire you to write?
I leave you with one of my very favorite songs to listen to while I write emotion-packed, high-intensity scenes: Explosive by Bond. I like how the music goes from fast-paced action to softness and subtlety. What do you think?
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Diana Paz is a web content writer and aspiring YA author. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she's a beach bum, but she did graduate from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a caramel frappuccino. Find her at her blog:dianapazwrites.writespot.com or on Twitter @dianapazwrites