I was asked to take part in a blogging...um....experiment? Joint Venture? Well, a bunch of cool bloggers are writing about how music affects their writing. When they asked me I was like, How much you paying, sucka? To which she said, You'll do it and like it! So I was all, Oh Yeah? And she was like, Yeah!
It went down very similar to that exchange.
Music is a huge part of my writing process. Some writers, I think, attempt to 'see' their story by placing themselves in situations to get a better look at what they're trying to describe. In some ways, I do that too. However, if I'm trying to get into a particular mood, I will always turn to music.
Certain bands will always be associated with certain times in my life. Oasis, Weezer, Nirvana - all of them have this particular spot. Now, when I'm writing, I can 'see' the situation in my own life by listening to music.
With The Legendary Days of My 17th Year, my music choices have been very...um...eclectic. Because of the nature of the book (lots of musical components), I've found myself listening to Tegan and Sara one minute, Guns N Roses a few later, and rounding it out with a classic Willie Nelson album.
**This is all for research, people**
The music, in many ways, drives my writing. It serves as a soundtrack, an inspiration, an affirmation that I'm doing something I really love. And, yes, at times it is even a muse.
How does music affect your writing?
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