A Creative Writing Musical Jam Routine

The 55th Grammy awards were held yesterday.  I got caught up in the award show due to the music performances and seeing some of my favorite musicians.  It’s like when I get caught up in a great novel and the words just flow from the pages into my private mental movie of the story.

Music inspires and evokes emotion in people. The right song or melody can help break down barriers, kindle romantic relationships and even serve as a means of expression.

In my past writing courses, I haven’t had a teacher or mentor say listen to a song to help you with this passage or that – but I am starting to think you should. Can integrating music into your creative writing routine enhance the quality of the work you are producing? I tend to think so and here’s why.

I have much respect for the songwriter as I do for those who write short stories and flash fiction.  You only have so much time in a verse and selecting the right word or phrase is key.  Can you imagine Pink’s song So What, dragging out other arguments in a more wordy way?  Such as, we’re not together anymore and I don’t care cuz I’m an awesome rock star and you just suck, but I’m lonely.  Not the punch factor one would like and to an upbeat jam.

I have music playing in the background when I write.  When I am writing a specific scene or want to convey a specific emotion, I can turn to my iTunes and find an artist or song that will get me in the right mood.  Sometimes it’s a lyric that I really need to hear to cue me.  I tend to get more accomplished with music than without.

You can select music from a specified genre or time period.  It maybe one you know or don’t know, but the key isn’t to study the music too specifically but wager the emotion and the inspiration to enhance your process of writing your story.  It’s almost like assembling your own soundtrack or playlist for your practice at hand.  It’s your musical muse at your finger tips.

Do you use music to help you in your creative writing?  Is it integral to your process?

Let’s discuss.

Please comment, I’d like to hear from you if you think music is important or not to your creative writing.

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