Music nurtures creativity and many writers incorporate music into their writing routines. I know some who listen to show tunes, classical music or just their favorite mix while they write. I know a certain crime writer who listens to opera, and a chick lit author who states her best writing happens when she blasts ear-shattering acid rock through her headphones. Everyone is different.
I don’t listen to music while I write, preferring the sound of fingers to keyboard. However, I do typically listen to music of the specific time period I am visiting before writing to get me in the mood. Most recently my selections have been from the 1930’s and I have discovered a new appreciation for Eddie Cantor, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. But modern music, or even music from the past thirty years, hasn’t played much of a role in my writing process. Until recently.
Lucky for me, I am a lover of all types of music, which has played well into my latest editing technique. I now have scenes that I have edited while listening to Martina McBride’s “Independence Day,” Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Guns & Roses “Welcome to the Jungle.” (Yep, that’s how I roll)
I DARE you not to feel it at the 2:35 mark
I doubt that I will ever change my routine during the writing process for fear of using anachronistic phrases that the lyrics might inspire. I don’t want my 1930’s ragdoll referring to her love interest as ‘her boo’ nor do I want my protagonist referring to himself as the ‘real slim shady.’
But for editing, anything is game: as long as it has the right beat.
What do you listen to while writing/editing?