Can listening to music affect your writing? Well in my case, the answer is a resounding yes. When I started writing my first set of Lin Wu stories, I would often be in the middle of typing my words down diligently, after pulling my Ipod ear phones away from my ears. It was a sort of fuel my imagination required to get me started, like a cup of coffee on a cold winter morinng. After getting a good dose of rhythms and sounds, I was ready to to enter Lin Wu’s world. Since the music I tend to listen to is rather fast, I found that I always wanted to add some type of action to her adventures whatever they may be.
In one case, I built a whole story around a scene in my head, almost like a music video. The House of Dolls was concieved that way from the beginning. The image of a giant doll running down a hallway with an ax at poor Lin Wu. Scary! Of course I added to it, giving it life, purpose and meaning. But it was one story that will always stick out to me as being born from a song first.
Action and movement is always a good way to get you brain cells moving, no matter what you’re doing. I know some people who need to go for a walk before they start to type. Others like to work out. But for me, music is key. It also makes sense for me because I tend to see writing like making a TV episode, where music if often in the background. Sometimes music is the key driving force in a good drama.
If you have any other ideas about music and writing, feel free to leave a post and add to the discussion.