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March 05, 2014

Songs Inspire My Writing

If you need an inspiration boost, then dig through your CD’s or search your playlist for a song that matches the scene you have to write. For me, rock music is my go to genre for any action scene. Love songs obviously work great for love scenes. But if you don’t like lyrics in the music you listen to while you write, there are many classical masterpieces that can fit the tone of the event you have to write, too.

My colorful headphones. :)

Here are 5 songs that have inspired my writing:

1.    Somewhere by Within Temptation

In the last book of my unpublished series I wrote a moving scene that involves the kidnapping of one of my characters, and her husband goes on a desperate hunt to find her. The intense love and fear he has is enough to choke anyone up with tears. This song, which is about searching for your lost love until your dying day, really helped me to capture the emotion I needed to write the scene. Give it a listen!

Writing About: A Kidnapping

2.    Titanium by David Guetta Feat. Sia

The heroine in my series had a difficult past. When I was writing about the time when she ran away at sixteen, I listened to Titanium on repeat. I could picture her running for her life, and was pleasantly surprised when I watched the video and saw it was pretty similar to what I had written. Great minds think alike. ;)

3.    Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne

After my MC runs away, she lives on the streets for a couple of weeks. This song by Avril is about not having a home or a family to turn to, and was my theme for this time in my heroine’s life.

4.    Russian Roulette by Rihanna

During a moment in the third book of my series a character is tortured quite brutally by an ex boyfriend. Russian Roulette is a dark song about a man taunting a woman and forcing her to kill herself. It is a chilling song and it gave me everything I needed to write a shocking and devastating torture scene.

5.    Into the Light by In This Moment

Whenever I listen to this song my eyes fill with tears. The lyrics, about a loved one dying and having to saying goodbye, are so heart-wrenching. I listened to it while writing a moment when my heroine loses a loved one, because I knew it would put me in the frame of mind the scene required.

Warning: This song may make you cry too!

Today is also the World Wide Release of Hurricane Crimes, so I’d like to share the 5 songs that would make the soundtrack for my short story:

(When Beth ventures out of her house and into severe weather.)
(When Beth finds out Donovan is a murder suspect.)
(For the scene when Beth and Donovan are intimate.)
5. Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars (The Theme Song)

1.    Do you listen to music while you write or do you need silence?
2.    Is there a song (or songs) that has inspired your writing?


stu said...

Whether I use music seems to come down mostly to where I'm writing. If I'm alone, then there will typically be quite a lot in the background, but I find that it has to be stuff I've listened to plenty of times so that it doesn't become a distraction.

Chrys Fey said...

I've found that new music can distract me too, because I'm paying more attention to the lyrics and not writing.

Thank you for commenting, Stu! :)

Elsie Amata said...

It depends on what type of writing I'm doing if the music is going. If I'm writing a WIP, silence. Blogging, journaling, and such, require music. =)

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge
co-host IWSG

Unknown said...

Great post!
I love my music, It does get you imaginative juices flowing.

Chrys Fey said...

It's always interesting to know if a writer can work to music or not. Thank you for stopping by, Elsie! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, David!
So do I! I couldn't get by with my music. :)

Unknown said...

Let me just tell you how much I love your taste in music, Chrys! Especially the Avril Lavigne and 30 Seconds to Mars. By the way, Felix and I are going to the Lincoln Park/30 Seconds to Mars tour in August when they come to Jersey=)
Depending on what I am writing, I listen to all types of music. But some of my favorites are Hans Zimmer, Darshan Ambient, Annie Lenox, The Pretenders, Pink Floyd, Cold Play, 30 Seconds to Mars, M83, Florence and the Machine, James Horner, David Arkenstone... I could go on and on. I guess it all depends on the plot at the time of my writing i.e. the scene and surroundings=) Great post!!

Christine Rains said...

I'm one of those few that need silence to write. Anything audio is very distracting. Yet I do get a song stuck in my head now and then that fits whatever I'm writing. Too bad almost all the music I heard nowadays is dictated by my 3 year old! *LOL*

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

congrats on the story release. I like movie soundtracks when I write but sometimes I just put on Pandora and let it pick for me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on your release day!
Within Temptation - nice choice.

~Jennifer~ said...

First, love your colorful headphones! And music is very inspiring, I agree. I couldn't live without music just as I couldn't without books. :)

Happy Book Birthday to Hurricane Crimes! :D

Denise Covey said...

Hi Chris. I did a writing group exercise once, where we had to write to music, the same scene. Amazing what a difference the music made to the story. Great post.

N. R. Williams said...

I loved the first one but didn't listen to the others. I used to have a way to listen to music but I haven't for awhile. We just bought a new music system and I think that will really help me overcome some of my writer's block.

J.L. Campbell said...

The intensity of your songs tells me something about your work. I find music distracting when I'm writing, but I do like to think about the songs that reflect what I'm writing at a particular time. Here's hoping your story does well.

Suzanne Furness said...

I don't tend to listen to music when writing, I am one of those who prefer silence, however music can stimulate powerful emotions so I might listen too it before a writing session.
PS The final song did reduce me to tears!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Gina! That's the best compliment I've gotten in a long time. I take my music pretty seriously and have a broad taste.

I am completely jealous that you'll be going to the Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars tour. You'll have to tell me all about it!

What I listen to also depends on what I am writing. If I need to write action or a fight, I listen to rock like All that Remains and 10 Years. If I have to write romance, I go for some 90's music (Savage Garden, Toni Braxton). For parts that are neutral I listen to whatever I'm in the mood for (Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Alexz Johnson... and that list can also go on and on). :)

Chrys Fey said...

Aw! I love that your three-year-old dictates your music. <3

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Susan! I once listened to the Queen of the Damned movie soundtrack on repeat when I was writing a certain story. I also love the music from the show SMASH, which is now canceled.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Alex!

Oh Within Temptation is AMAZING! They are my second all-time favorite behind behind 30 Seconds to Mars. The moment I heard "Jillian" it was over. lol

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! They were a birthday gift. (I tend to wear out headphones. lol) You and I have a lot in common. I'd go insane with music and books.


Chrys Fey said...

That sounds like a fun exercise! I can imagine how different each scene would be from person-to-person.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm very happy you listened to the first song because that band is one of my all-time favorites. Sharon's voice is just amazing!

How lucky you are to have a new music system. I am envious!

Chrys Fey said...

I do write about a lot of intense things, especially in my unpublished series. I was lucky to find songs to reflect those moments.

Thank you! I hope so, too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Music certainly can inspire emotions. Listening to music before writing if you need silence is a great idea!

I warned you the last song could make you cry. At least I'm not the only one who sheds tears while listening to it. ;)

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I have a certain type of music, or maybe certain type of musicians voice, that I like to write to. Phillip Phillips and The Eli Young Band are two albums that I love to write to.

Yanting Gueh said...

I'm listening to Somewhere as I type. Oh, it's nice. Really nice! When I write or revise, I need music in the background, but not loud enough to distract me. These days, it's music by Yann Tiersen or Mark Pinkus. Other days, I get really moved by Dire Straits's 'Brothers in Arms.'

Yanting Gueh said...

And Happy Worldwide Release of Hurricane Crimes!

Tammy Theriault said...

titanium has been a stellar go to for me! love love

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey Chrys, have you checked out Spotify yet?

It's like Pandora - only a gazillion times better and it's free, too :)

Love me my Spotify :)

PS... if you want to see who "my" opera singer is, google "You Raise Me Up - DONALD BRASWELL AGT Audition Performance" and you'll get an idea on how awesome a story he has :)

Have a great weekend and good luck with the World Release :)

Chrys Fey said...

Phillip Phillips does have a nice voice. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Claudine! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Titanium is a great song. How can you not feel invincible while listening to it?

Chrys Fey said...

My music can be loud, not eardrum vibrating loud, but I do tend to dance in my seat, bob my head, and sing along to the lyrics while I am writing. I guess I can multi-task. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I love Spotify! It automatically opens on my computer when I turn it on in the morning. I have a ton of playlists and countless songs. It's a music lovers dream. :D

Thank you so much for telling me who the opera singer is you're writing about. I will definitely check him out.

Thank you!!!! :D Have a great weekend too!

Trisha said...

I definitely write to music at all times - and find it the best inspiration for me. I haven't heard all these songs, but I'll certainly be taking the time to listen to them all. Thanks for sharing. :)

Chrys Fey said...

When you get the chance to listen to them, I hope you enjoy them and find inspire like I did. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I don't write to music, but I can hear a song and it will inspire a story or a character. I mean everyone needs a them song, right?

Love your cover! If you're doing any promos of it (and I missed it!) let me know. I'd gladly help spread the word.

Chrys Fey said...

Songs have inspired or reminded me of my characters or story lines.

Thank you! :) Hurricane Crimes was already featured on your blog, but thank you for offering because I may come back for my next release, 30 Seconds, that I hope will be out this summer. :)

Arlee Bird said...

You've probably visited my blog to know how much I love music. I listen to all kinds of stuff when I'm visiting blogs or composing blog post, but if I writing with intensity where I really want to focus on scenes and continuity then I usually keep classical music playing low in the background. Lyrics can distract me.

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Chrys Fey said...

When I'm doing any kind of writing I'm always listening to music. :) It's fun finding out where writers stand with the whole music while writing thing. Thank you for commenting, Arlee!

Brenda said...

All great songs. I'm with you re: music. I am forever finding a lyric that inspires either a story or helps me out of graf. I wrote my first novel because of one song. Crazy, huh? Loved your book btw.

Chrys Fey said...

Writing a whole novel because of a song is awesome! When I can read your novel :) I'll want to know what song. ;)


Lisa Thomson said...

Hi Chrys, I'm really bummed I haven't been receiving your posts. I thought maybe you were taking a break. Hope I'm still on your subscribe list. Love this post.

Chrys Fey said...

Hi, Lisa! I'm sorry. I don't know why you haven't been receiving my posts. I don't do anything with my subscribers list. Maybe you can try subscribing again to see if that works.

Thank you. :)