Something I do to keep my mind off my loneliness is drink. No, no... that was my Ernest Hemingway voice. I had to write an article on him recently. What I had meant to say was that I listen to music while I write to keep myself in the moment of my art. Yeah I said that write, I mean right.
I find that the mind can wander when you have nothing else but quiet to keep you company. You are forced to come to realize that it is only you behind the writing desk. While you are writing about far away places or a time long ago, your mind starts to think about the world as it is today and what is going on out there without you.
I believe that's why some of my fiction writing buddies listen to the news while they write. Me, I listen to music. Rock music, because that keeps me focused on the world I am currently creating at my writing desk.
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The kind of rock doesn't matter to me. I only care if the music keeps me focused and if it so happens to aide my muse then that is a plus. I figure since movies have soundtracks, why can't I while I write?
Movie soundtracks help you become engaged in not only what is currently going on in the movie, but its music also makes you aware of the scene's tone and sometimes even its theme, especially when the music has lyrics. Yes, I took film courses in college. So I ask you, why can't music help you become more aware and engaged with the tone and/or theme you are trying to create in your fiction?
When I find myself writing dark fiction, I listen to dark music. Why not? Now, I am not only focused on completing my work, but I am focused on the right tone, which can lead to a suitable narrative voice.
'So what am I listening to right now?' you ask. I am listening to Stars by Hum.
Have a great one!
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