Hey guys! Dance party!
I might just start every Writing Wednesday with a dance party, because… dancing is fun! It’s even more fun with your friends. Just look at those guys! They are having fun. So, let’s have fun with them.
A dance party also makes sense because I want to talk about background music. Or background noise in general. I’m a type of writer who likes to write in total silence or with Investigation Discovery on (I’m a true crime buff, it worries Will). It helps me think as I’m writing. I want zero distractions for the most part.
There are some writers who like the background noise of a cafe or park. My best friend, for example, likes to write in a coffeehouse. It’s kind of funny since on a regular day she prefers the silence whereas I like the bustling noises.
Anyways, that isn’t to say that I don’t use music to inspire me. Sometimes, I pause my writing and just jam to music that coincides with my writing. Other times, I make a soundtrack for the current project and listen to that before I get in the writing mood or while I’m driving, where most of my ideas pop out.
The short story I had just finished was inspired by Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”. I had that puppy on repeat so many times, just trying to envision the characters. I had no clue what I was going to write, but I knew that the emotion behind that song was the emotion I wanted in the story.
So, yeah, music is a great writing tool. Everyday noise can be a great writing tool too. It all depends on the writer though.