It works like this: pull up my MS, pull up Itunes. Hit “playlists –> Writing Music” and BINGO! Got my inspiration to write – everything I need to keep my creative juices flowing.
My personal preference is purely instrumental music, at least while I write. Most of it’s soundtracks from movies. Recognize any of these?
The far off, fantastic images that go with these soundtracks fills my subconscious with everything needed for dramatic writing and incredible, impossible settings.
What about music for a specific scene? Sometimes I use a certain song to give me just what I need to plow through a scene. My favorite time this happened was with the song Arwen’s Vigil by The Piano Guys.
It’s a dance scene. Oh, what the heck. I’ll give you the song and the scene.
And now the scene:
A murmur of excitement filled the air as the elves parted to make room for Irsong and Emma. The music began, quiet and mysterious notes of a lonely piano. The sound paused, and Irsong bowed as Emma curtsied.
A hush fell over the crowd. The piano grew louder, and smooth voices of deep stringed instruments joined in. The tempo increased, and Irsong and Emma swirled like phantoms in the night, chasing each other with a haunting beauty.
Star stood transfixed, her eyes tracing the footsteps of the two dancers.
The melody gained a ferocity, a desperation, which drove Emma and Irsong to run and leap about each other to keep time. Star’s heart pounded to the tempo, and images of swirling shadows filled her thoughts, and she was lost in the magic of the music for a time. Ever the song grew ever faster, until it reverberated across the deepest parts of Star’s being, filling her with fantastic terrors.
In an instant, the music slowed, and Emma and Irsong danced lightly to the last measures of the music. Star had a fleeting wish that she had been the one to dance such a song with Irsong.
Another song began, and soon the elvish king entered the dance floor with a lady that Star assumed to be his wife. Then Rella and a male elf, and other couples joined Irsong and Emma in the dance.
More and more of the elves joined in, pairing off and swirling in the light of the fountains.
And there you have it: one of my favorite scenes in my entire MS. And one of my favorite songs.
Now to shift topics: sometimes I don’t listen to music. If there’s a seen that just needs my sole attention, a part where my music distracts me… well, then I tend to use Coffitivity. It’s a website that provides a “white” background noise, simulating the murmurs of a cafe, or the flipping pages and whispers of a library. Just enough noises to keep your creativity flowing, but not too much to distract you.
And it’s free.
What keeps your brain working while you write? Do you have some favorite writing music? Or do you use something else? And let me know if you enjoyed my dancing scene!