One method I like to use to inspire my writing is listening to music. I have a number of choices, such as soundtracks, rock, blues, classical, and just about any other type of music out there. Depending on the scene will depend on the type of music I choose.Here are a few tips:
- Create playlists in your music player (Media Player, RealPlayer, other) with labels such as battle, romance, dialogue, or another ‘scene’ them you want.
- You can copy your CD/DVD onto your hard drive to create the playlists. How this is done depends on your player.
- You can listen to music online if you have high speed Internet (see links below).
- Headset helps drown out outside noise, filling your ears with music, and allowing you to lose yourself in your story.
ISerenity- This site offers a means to use ‘white noise’ or ambiant sounds you can use for free. Simply pick your sound, and let it fill you. I like the wind chimes the best.
AOL Online Radio- offers a huge variety of music to choose from; most of which has no interruptions and you can hear the whole song. If you sign up (free) you can add up to 10 preset stations of choice. The link to hear the radio is near the top of the screen where it says “listen now”.
Playlist User- offers a means to create playlists you can listen to on various styles of music. One drawback is often you find the song you like is no longer available.
Amazon.com downloads- Believe it not, there is an area on Amazon.com in which you can download music. These are samples, giving you a bit of a taste of music you might not otherwise hear. You can also buy songs on an individual basis through them. PLEASE note: backup your music in case your computer crashes.
Click here to listen to the music. (or listen to any song you have on hand). Write on whatever the music provokes inside of you such as a scene, a character, or start of a story. What images are brought to mind?