Thursday, September 6, 2018

How music has become my co-writer 🎼

I often talk about how each of my books has a 'soundtrack' that inspired me during the writing process. These aren't songs that I select but more like the other way around. In fact, I often wonder why specific music grabs me during the writing process and won't let go until the book has been completed. Often, after I write that final chapter, the songs seem to fade away. It's not that I don't like or listen to them anymore but that they are no longer in the forefront of my mind.

It started with my first book, Fire.  Of course, it made sense since the book was about the music industry. However, this pattern continued. Some were like We're All Animals where I couldn't get one group (in this case, Pink Floyd) out of my head for the entire writing process or my last few books that were inspired by a diverse collection of songs. We're talking everything from AC/DC to Toto. 

Yes, Toto, the same band that sings to song Africa. 

It's actually to the point where hearing certain songs will automatically make me think of the chapter in my book that it inspired. I guess it's no different than how most people connect a song to periods of their lives, memorable moments or an emotion. Except, of course, those are real things and not a bunch of made up people in a story. 😊

The interesting thing about the process is that often the specific song topics are vastly different from the scene I see in my imagination. For example, a song could sound very seductive and actually inspire a murder scene in my book or....well, vice versa. πŸ™„It happens. There is just something about certain songs that pull a story from a dark place in my mind and sets it on fire. I'm not sure what causes it but it works for me. 

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