Music of the Soul

Posted by in A Writer's Life, Word Obsession (blog) on Oct 10, 2012

Music of the Soul

Did you ever hear a piece of music or watch a movie that tugged at your heart and soul so profoundly you were left to sit in utter silence?

I experienced that for the first time in a long time this evening when listening to ‘You Carried Me’ by Building 429 from their ‘Iris to Iris’ album. The melody and the words moved me to seek out a WIP to use as its target. Something to channel those poignant emotions to.

Skillet is another group who does that to me, and I generally listen to them while working on my Young Adult fiction series, Changing Scenes.

Music is one of the key parts of my writing process in that it not only helps keep me focused, it hones my focus to the era or the mood or the intensity I want to impart to my readers. It helps me create a soundtrack, as it were, of inspiration.

Of course, I’ve written before that I am not one of those people who requires silence in order to write. In fact, silence is distracting for me, and that might be due to my history as a one-in-four sibling growing up on a 30-acre homestead in Oregon. There was always some type of noise, or music, or sound and one had to learn to zoom out/tune out in order to get anything done.

Now, because of that training, I look to music and other types of white noise to keep me on task. To give me something to ignore. Seriously.

If I could only learn how to ignore the pups when they want my attention (which is usually at the most inopportune times).

What about you? Have you ever found yourself inspired to write a new piece by something you’ve heard or watched?

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