One thing that inspires my writing above anything else is music. Not only do I need the right music playing while I write, songs have actually inspired entire book plots and scenes.
For example, the Memory of Trees album by Enya inspired an entire plot of events for a book.
Typically I acquire inspiration from random things such as ancient stories, a twist on an existing story (I think about the what ifs of a scenario), a person I’ve met, a life event, or a dream. Then there are other times that I am begging my mind to muster up an idea.
When an idea hits me, it hits really hard.
No matter how ideas come to me, they all share a common factor.
I need to be listening to the right songs to keep the fuel going for the story.
The right music is like the soundtrack to my stories. I even set up specific playlists and name them after the stories I am working on.
I have a hard time writing in the dead silence. I do know a few authors that say they write in complete silence or with some form of white noise. I am not one of them. Typically, though, I cannot write to songs with lyrics. There are exceptions to this rule, however.
Here’s a handful of songs I listen to while I write.
Current Children’s Book I’m Writing:
- The Call from Prince Caspian (Regina Spektor)
- Son of Man from Tarzan (Phil Collins)
- Evacuating London from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Harry Gregson-Williams)
A Vampire Book I Never Finished (perhaps someday):
This is just a very small list of what I listen to while I am writing. Sometimes to fit the mood of a scene I will skip around to certain songs just so that I am in the right mindset for it.
I need music.
Music fuels my writing.
And, to fully immerse myself in the music I have to wear my earmuff headphones. Even if everything is quiet in my home, there’s something about wearing headphones that keeps me focused.
What songs do you listen to while writing? Has a song ever inspired a story idea?