As I mentioned before, sometimes it’s tough for me to write without music. In the past two years, I’ve found it almost impossible. Music lifts my mood. Music provides the background support for my stories. Hell, if I’m honest, I soundtrack every book as if it’s a movie. I’m not joking. But there are reasons for it.
Music snippets throughout a movie help convey a mood, help the audience build tension or expectation of an event. Manipulating certain snippets or lack thereof create an atmosphere that helps the audience enjoy the movie even more. But how does that relate to a book that has no pictures?
When I write– I see the story in my mind like a movie. When I have music, I create a soundtrack allowing the tension to ratchet up a notch or come down a bit, depending on the moment. I have a few “stock” cds that I use for all my projects. I mean, how can you go wrong with U2, Duran Duran, Justin Timberlake, Rammstein, Enya, and some of my others? You can’t. Plus, I create cds with new music that I’ve stumbled across on the radio, videos, etc. Most of them then get compiled into cds named for characters or for general purpose.
How does the reader benefit from my musicking my muse? Honestly, I write better, tighter, with more depth. But I realized that I’ve been gypping the reader by not posting the song list. I’m going to have to rectify that in my latest things. Why? Because when you can hear certain songs when you read, even if it’s not in the order I’ve heard it, the reader can feel the flow of the story and in some instances, I’ve had readers come back and go… “I know you played such-n-such in this scene here.” Thing is, they’re right. There’s something more intimate when you can listen to a soundtrack to a book. You feel the emotions more, even if you’re doing what I’m doing– writing it. My muse demands her music- and I’m not telling her no.