Today I’ll be participating in the February TWCT blog chain, hosted by Teens Can Write, Too! This month’s prompt? “How does music relate to your writing?” And boy, do I have a lot to say about this.
I love listening to music while I write because when I do, I see a definite improvement in my writing. For one thing, listening to music improves my focus. I think we all know how difficult it is to write when the Internet is urgently calling to us. Whenever I am writing, I hear my Bloglovin’ feed calling to me, dragging me away from my novel document. By listening to music, I can ignore that call and focus on my writing.
The effect of music on my writing gets even better when I choose my music intentionally. The wonderful thing about music is that it inflicts emotion. Of course, music isn’t needed to inflict emotion while writing, but it can definitely enhance it. Emotion is obviously very important to infuse into writing. If you’re anything like me, when you read books, you want the author to make you feel ALL the feels. When readers feel emotion because of a book, they become fully immersed in the book. The books that are filled with emotion are the ones that pull readers in and don’t let them go. Therefore, if you as a writer want to achieve the same, it’s important to feel that emotion as you write. Feeling the emotion of a scene and fueling it with matching music is perfect for crafting the best scene possible. Thus, choosing a sad song to listen to for a sad scene or an upbeat song for a happy scene, helps me to write better scenes.
Personally, I enjoy listening to movie soundtracks the best. Since movie soundtracks lack lyrics, there are no words to distract me and conflict with my own words that I’m trying to write. I also feel that movie soundtracks fit stories perfectly because they are meant to go with stories, just with another form of media, film. Movie soundtracks are supposed to inflict emotion, so they are perfect for fitting with scenes in my own writing. I can listen to adventurous songs when I’m writing adventure scenes to creepier songs when I’m writing more suspenseful scenes. No matter what, I can always be sure to find a perfect fit, whether I have to scour The Hobbit soundtrack, The Star Wars Soundtrack or The Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack.
Overall, music is an important part of writing. Not only does it help me keep my focus, but it also allows me to better infuse emotion into my writing.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog chain!
14th – http://kirabudge.weebly.com/
28th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)
How does music help you write? Or maybe you don’t write with music. If so, why not?