Unlike many writers, I cannot write to music. Music can help an author find a tone or mood as she writes and be a perfect vehicle for capturing the spirit of her characters on the screen. I’ve tried to write to music, but in order for my characters’ dialogue to shine I have to listen too hard to their voices in my head. Music drowns those out for me.
This is not to say that my Muse is not inspired by song. In those momentus moments when a plot idea falls into my lap, she often reveals these inspired ideas through the guise of popular music. This happens often. I turn on the radio and a song begins. Unbidden images of characters or a setting or a basic story conflict pop out at me as the lyrics unfold. Every time this song replays on my favorite station more of the story is revealed. Or at least the excitement for writing this story continues to build. It’s funny that playing that song again while I write doesn’t help, but I’ll respect what the Muse has to offer.
It might be nice to share some of the credit with the actual musicians who write these songs. I’d like to think my Muse is generous enough to share the kudos. So the following are the songs that have led to stories waiting patiently in line to be written by me. In no particular order.
Rob Thomas-Her Diamonds
Coldplay-Viva la Vida
Dreaming with a Broken Heart – John Mayer
Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects
My Immortal – Evanescence
Put Your Lights On – Santana
Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall
You Found Me – The Fray
Have any of you had this experience and discovered an entire novel just waiting there for you in the music and lyrics to a song? Let me know.