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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Music and Writing

Art inspires art. It amazes me how many master paintings have come from a scene from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poems. Or how many musicians will say they were inspired by a certain book or movie.

It seems that that creative community turns to itself when in need of fresh inspiration. When I want to craft a scene, I often find myself flipping through old copies of Victoria Magazine to find the "feel" I want to create. Others I know keep pictures of characters, rooms and even snap shots of movie scenes.

Once question I often hear among writers is, "Do you write to music?"

It seems many of us have discovered that music is a way to tap into the emotion one wants on page and keep it there during the grueling, writing, editing, polishing phase.

For this poll, I'm asking specifically about music?


6 comments:

Noël De Vries said...

waterhouse's lady of shalott hangs above my desk.

for the YA historical fantasy i'm drafting, itunes is constantly set to filmscores. pan's labyrinth, girl with a pearl earring, the young victoria, bright star, the painted veil, on and on and on.

Peri1020 said...

If I feel the need to listen to music as I write, it must be instrumental music, no lyrics. Lyrics distract me and I can't focus on my writing. Any kind of instrumental will do, from classical to new age to jazz, as long as no one is singing.

Glynn said...

I write to music, and I usually think about writing to music as well (as in, when I'm driving in the car).

Marcia said...

I've had the wonderful honour of having a song written and recorded by a friend, Debbie Zepick as she was inspired by my novel, One Smooth Stone. You can purchase the CD or listen to the song, In The Palm of His Hand here - http://www.debbiezepick.com/movies.htm
(The CD is called Not Like in the Movies)
:)Marcia Laycock

ellehasuly said...

I have enjoyed writing while listening to music many times. George Winston, Mozart, and Jim Brickman are my faves with regards to writing.

I agree that instrumentals are better to listen to when you are writing.

Lynne Hasuly

Emanuel said...

Thanks for sharing this great post on Music and Writing,Very Good Post.


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