As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Al Green cajole me in Let’s Stay Together. In the past year of virtual writer’s brain freeze I had forgotten just how important music was to my muse, Shirley (yes, she has a name and looks remarkably like Shirley Maclaine.)
In fact, I recently purchased a new CD copy of Michael Buble’s album Crazy Love. Why? Because I burned through the disc in the writing of my novels Red Mojo Mama and Red is an Attitude. The songs on the CD belong to my main character, Lydia “Red” Talbot. I’m about to take up the third in the trilogy and I need Buble’s tracks to do it justice.
My daughter sent me Buble’s latest album, To Be Loved , and this one seems to belong to the heroine of a brand new WIP.
The music generally fades into the background as I’m writing, but at times I find myself chair-dancing to a particular song, like Heartache Tonight. Either way, the attitude of the music filters into my writing in only the best way. I get energized; write for a much longer period and come away feeling so damn good.
Give it a try. It may not be your cup of tea, but experimenting is always a good thing. If you currently use music, please comment on what floats your boat.