Welcome to a special edition of the Bunkhouse, as our wonderful Liz is off cruising for research - and yes, the rest of us here at M&M are green with envy! No fears, though, we are not jealous enough for murder. Well...wait a minute, Cassy has just returned from a lovely writing retreat in Italy....Girls, I think something's up here. Maybe their "disappearances" are a front for something else? Should we be worried? Naahh...They will come back and post their great adventures and what they've learned!
So today let's talk about having a musical muse. Do you write better with music in the background? If so, what kind? I know many people who create soundtracks for their stories. I am one of those people. Only when I write, the fresh creative stuff, I need totally peace and quiet to concentrate and let the movie play in my head. Now, when I finish a chapter or a scene, THEN I can play music, have the tv on in the background or be anywhere when I'm editing and polishing. What I really love is creating the playlist for the story, sometimes I'll hear a song that will remind me of a tender moment between hero/heroine or even the big black moment - and then I work around that so the music really parallels the story right up until the end! And I use that music to keep me motivated when I'm not behind the keys!
I've also gotten ideas from a song I've heard on the radio or seen the video for.
Here in the Bunkhouse it's mostly country music that motivates me. But I've been known to crank up the classic rock, and even some current pop tunes (thanks to my darling Diva!) And there are times when those tunes will fit with my story! LOVE it!
Are you motivated by music? Does your muse prefer a certain style? I'd love to hear how music moves YOU! Does your muse have any crazy musical habits?