I love music. I walk around with an internal playlist that changes for the situation and the day. When I listen to the radio I hear songs that remind me of food, people, and past events. The greatest gift my husband ever gave me was an i-pod. (which is full! I have to delete songs to add new ones) So, it’s no surprise that music affects/influences my writing.
Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a routine develop when I write. I love routine, it works. One important part of my routine is music. Not just any music will do. The music must go with story I’m writing. For instance, the short stories The Fruitcake and The Christmas Gift were stories set during the Christmas season. Therefore, the music I listened to while writing was Christmas music.
The Fruitcake is a festive, family oriented tale so my playlist included Sinatra, Bing, Nat, and a little Straight No Chaser for good measure. It was fun and lighthearted.
The Christmas Gift, was written from a spiritual standpoint and was a little melancholy. While writing I listened to traditional standards but added Point of Grace and Casting Crowns. I needed music with a spiritual message. Music that reflected the thread of redemption that was written in the story.
On the flip side, I’m playing with my first piece of fantasy. I’m taking a European fairy tale and spinning it. Taking the mythical creatures and setting them in the South. Of course, I had to change them some what to make them fit in the climate and culture. To do that I created a varied playlist that included Dylan, Darius Rucker, Cash, and imagine dragons.
While tweaking this post I am listening to Ireland by Garth Brooks. It’s a little slow for what I have to do next, so it’ll have to change.
Like setting, music has the power to create a mood. There’s great blog post on music as inspiration for writing at The Write Practice.
What do you listen to when you write? Does it change? Let me know.