So, I know one of New Year’s Resolutions was to not miss important deadlines, but I actually have a good excuse this time. About a week ago I found myself with a tiny bit of a concussion. I wish I could say I got the concussion in a badass way, like snowboarding down a cliff or falling off a rollercoaster, but unfortunately that is not the case. Instead I had a door “accidentally” slammed into my face. I put “accidentally” in quotation marks because I have the sneaking suspicion that it was not an accident. That guy was out to get me.
While getting the concussion was fun and all, it did make it hard to concentrate, (having to read The Great Gatsby was as rough as the other side of a sponge) and writing was all but impossible. Hell, it took me five hours just to write that last sentence alone. (Kidding!) But I’m getting better now, so that’s good.
Now, onto the prompt:
Prompt: “How does music relate to your writing?”
This is a tricky question, because half the time I prefer to write in silence, and when I do write with music on, it’s always movie soundtracks. I never listen to songs with lyrics while writing, because gosh darnit, it’s distracting. Take The Hanging Tree, for example:
Did you find that song hauntingly beautiful? Did a single, mockingjay-shaped tear fall artfully down your cheek whilst listening? If not, you are a terrible person with an even more terrible taste in music. You should be ashamed.
While I love this song and everything about it, I don’t listen to it while writing because I know I won’t get anything done. I’ll just start humming along and typing the lyrics as I go. (are you? are you? coming to tree…) Which is why I only listen to the song while doing other, less important things. Like homework.
I also make it a point to listen to a song that coincides with the mood I’m trying to purvey. Because if I’m listening to sad music, the scene will seem sadder to me, even if it isn’t. Sad songs include: Hans Zimmer’s Time, Hans Zimmer’s Watch the World Burn, and Max Richter’s Those Left Behind.
When I’m writing an action scene, I have action-y music playing in the background, like Inception’s “Mind Heist.” or the Bourne Supremacy’s “Berlin Foot Chase.” Or Murray Gold’s “The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)” which is without a doubt the best soundtrack the show’s ever had. In fact, I think went a month where all I listened to were the different “I am the Doctor” melodies, right here.
Only when I’m writing romantic/happy scenes do I include songs with lyrics in them. This is because I rarely write happy scenes and my romantic scenes are always awful. In fact, here’s an actual transcript of a scene I wrote the other day.
“Sup girl,” said Devin Devinsky, who looked like a total badass in his leather jacket and fancy sunglasses. He was on a motorcycle. “Wanna go for a ride?”
Lisa felt a flutter in her chest. Was this love?
Not my best piece of writing, I’ll admit. Anywho, the romantic songs I generally listen to are “I Got you Babe,” by Etta Jones, and Dreaming of You by the Coral, the latter of which was played during the sexiest scene of Scrubs ever.
And then there are the soundtracks that are just plain epic; that purvey so many different emotions that I can’t simply categorize it as “sad” or “happy” or “action-y” (that’s a word). For example, there’s the soundtrack Cornfield Chase and Day One, which both make me feel sad and hopeful at the same time. Like we’re all going to die due to some catastrophic event, but it’s all going to be okay somehow. Then there’s Hans Zimmer’s “I’m Not a Hero,” which I will insert here simply due to the fact that I really want you all to listen to it, especially that last minute.
I have no idea how to describe that last twenty seconds, except with lots of exclamations points, so here I go:
Seriously, that whole thing at the end (I wish I knew what it was called or how to describe it), gets me so pumped up. I want to run right now. I want to punch someone in the face (in a cool, badass way). I want to fly around Gotham and beat up thugs and criminals, just because of that twenty seconds of brilliance. Too bad I can’t, because, y’know, concussion.
So, how does music relate to your writing? That is the question.
Below is a list of all the other TCWT participants:
- 6th – http://jasperlindell.blogspot.com/ and http://vergeofexisting.wordpress.com/
- 7th – http://novelexemplar.wordpress.com/
- 8th – http://www.juliathewritergirl.com/
- 9th – http://www.freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/
- 10th – https://ramblingsofaravis.wordpress.com/
- 11th – http://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/ andhttp://www.pamelanicolewrites.com/
- 12th – http://randommorbidinsanity.blogspot.com/
- 13th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/ andhttp://whileishouldbedoingprecal.weebly.com/
- 14th – http://kirabudge.weebly.com/
- 15th – http://lillianmwoodall.wordpress.com/ andhttp://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/
- 16th – http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/ andhttp://fantasiesofapockethuman.blogspot.com/
- 17th – http://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com/ andhttp://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
- 18th – http://semilegacy.blogspot.com/ and http://from-stacy.blogspot.com/
- 19th – http://horsfeathersblog.wordpress.com/
- 20th – https://clockworkdesires.wordpress.com/
- 21st – https://stayandwatchthestars.wordpress.com/ andhttp://arielkalati.blogspot.com/
- 22nd – http://loonyliterate.com/ andhttps://www.mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com/
- 23rd – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
- 24th – http://themagicviolinist.blogspot.com/ andhttp://allisonthewriter.wordpress.com/
- 25th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/
- 26th – http://awritersfaith.blogspot.com/ andhttp://thelonglifeofalifelongfangirl.wordpress.com/
- 27th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/ andhttps://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
- 28th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)