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If you need an inspiration boost, my dear insecure writer, 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In the last book of my unpublished series I wrote a moving scene that involves the kidnapping of one of my characters, and her husband goes on a desperate hunt to find her.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
4. Russian Roulette by Rihanna
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.)
4. Getting Away with Murder by Papa Roach (The climax.)
5. Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars (The Theme Song)
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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?