Serenading the Muse
This week’s MFRW Authors’ blog challenge them is Music to Write By.
Bestselling author Lori Wilde, who spoke at my local RWA chapter meeting last week, said she creates a musical playlist for every book she writes. Not only do the tunes inspire her writing, but she also uses the playlists to help promote her books. What a great idea!
But it doesn’t work for me. On the advice of other authors, I’ve tried movie soundtracks, country songs, classical pieces. Vivaldi was okay, for a while. Ultimately, though, my muse got annoyed.
I’m not sure why. Perhaps the rhythm of the music didn’t match the rhythm and cadence of the text I was writing. Or the mood of the music was wrong. In any case, I’ve ditched musical soundtracks and now, I listen to…
I love rain! We’ve had a glorious El Nino winter in Southern California, with lots of rain (and no flooding at my house). Most of the time, though, it’s dry as a bone where I live.
But there’s an app for that! Rainy Mood, “The Original 30-Minute Thunderstorm Loop” provides all the ambiance I need to keep my muse happy.
What about you? Does music inspire creativity or hinder it? Or is there some other noise that soothes you, like the sound of the wind, or the soft background murmur of a fifties’ era movie playing on the television in the next room?
Please share, and hop along on this blog hop to see what music juices the muses of my fellow MFRW authors.
Images: music, Ofeky via Wikimedia; rainy day scene, Wikimedia