Writing Trick: Music

When it comes to writing, everyone has their own special tricks on making the process easier. One of my favorite tricks, particularly when I’m writing specific scenes, is to play different types of music.

Now some people may say, “Oh, I already listen to music when I write.” Well yeah, that part is normal. What I’m talking about is matching up the type of scene that I’m writing with music that fits it.

Think of it like when you watch a movie. A scene that involves a cross-country journey usually has grandiose, orchestral music. A fight scene will have music that has a driving beat. The music adds atmosphere to the scene and, in turn, makes it more interesting to the viewer.

I take this same idea and apply it to my writing process. In listening to the music that matches up with the scene that I’m writing, it helps me better communicate the emotion and atmosphere of the scene. The music makes it easier to write.

One important rule I do follow when selecting the appropriate music is this: NO LYRICS.

Lyrics in music, to me, add distraction. I’m the type of person that can’t ignore lyrics in music, so I’m paying attention to the music more than my writing. Instrumental music is the most appropriate to help me get anything done.

Do you listen to music when you write? How much does it help? Does it matter if it’s lyrical or instrumental? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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