Writing

How Music Can Help Writers.

harpwithflowersBecause writing is such a solitary pursuit and can involve a great deal of silence, listening to music can help break that monotony. There is a quote that I find seems to sum up music pretty well – When Words Fail, Music Speaks. Of-course, as writers, we don’t want our words to fail; however, there are times when music can help us find exactly what it is we are looking for. Here are some ways in which music can help us as writers.

Motivation

I find listening to music can be a great motivator. In order to help with a positive start to the day and even get some writing done, listening to certain music can help. Find the music that cheers you up and/or songs with lyrics that get you motivated. My ‘go to’ motivator at the moment is Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse (preferably the live version) – brilliant song and the lyrics are well suited to start writing.

Song Titles

Song titles are a great source of inspiration. After reading Anne R Allen’s post regarding book titles, I googled the discography of one particular artist and wrote down song titles that appealed to me. As a result, I came up with 55 song titles that could be used for ideas for short stories, novellas or novels. Through various other song titles, I have also come up with an idea that can be explored within a genre I generally don’t write in.

Video Clips

Watching video clips can often spark an idea for a story. They can also help envisage setting and/or a particular mood. One video clip that has always captured my imagination is The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails. It has a wonderful gothic look and, combined with the lyrics, it helps conjure up ideas for one of my WIPs.

Soundtracks

Some people write while listening to music, but I find it distracting; however some music can be of benefit to setting a scene or a mood within our stories. Movie soundtracks, or music from video games or television shows can really fire up the imagination or bring a tear to the eye (The Death of Jane Seymour – A Howling Wilderness from Season 3 of The Tudors gets me every time). Feeling such emotions from the music we listen to can help transform that emotion into the scenes we write.

Can you think of any other ways in which music can help writers? Do you use music to help you get motivated? Have you turned to music for story inspiration? Do you listen to music as you write or do you prefer to write in silence?

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – May 2015.

polar-bears

Winter is almost upon us here in Australia; the last of the autumn leaves are still falling and light frosts have arrived. This month I’ve found some blog posts to help keep you motivated with your writing projects as we approach mid year. Happy reading!

Debbie A McClure at Molly Greene: Writer

Don’t Let Anybody Should On You! Take Charge of Your Life and Your Writing

Author, Jody Hedlund

4 Steps That Can Keep Writers From Dismal Failure

Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Book Title in the E-Age

Jeff Gerke at Jane Friedman.com

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule?

Claire DeBoer at Positive Writer

Writers: Your Voice Doesn’t Need to be Louder than the Rest!

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Writing · Writing Process

When Silence Can be Golden for Writers.

heart-lockRecently, I have been coming up with new ideas for stories, which has been great. At one point, I was unsure about how to approach one particular idea and was thinking of asking a question about it on an on-line writing group. I became hesitant simply because I was uncertain of the whole idea myself.

When we come up with new story ideas, it can sometimes be difficult to contain our excitement. We want others to be excited about it too. Many years ago, I would let my friends read the stories I was writing at the time. My friends were always interested in what I was writing and were eager to read more, but I would eventually reach the point where I had lost interest. I had no idea where the stories were going; there was no real plot and I only had the basic knowledge of my characters. It therefore came as no surprise to me that I never finished these stories, thus leaving my friends disappointed and I had many incomplete stories lying around.

Since that time, I have gone the other extreme and now think too long about my stories and characters, that I am lucky to send anything off (I really do need to learn when enough is enough). Whenever I am asked what it is I am currently working on these days, I only give the very basics away.

It may be different for other creatives, such as artists and musicians to describe a new project – people may have to see it or hear it in order to understand it better. For writers, however, we are perfectly able to give people the basics of what it is we are trying to create as these things are easier to put in words, which is our art form. Talking to others about our projects, before we fully understand them ourselves can destroy an idea before it really gets started.

So when you come up with a new idea for a story or working on something new, keep a lid on it; enjoy the process. You need to work it all out for yourself without having to let others either confuse you or discourage you. As Stephen King said: ‘Write with the door closed. Re-write with the door open’.

Do you tell others what you’re working on? Do you find it to be a help or a hindrance? Do you prefer to keep quiet about your work in progress? Do you find yourself thinking too much about a project before sending it off?

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – April 2015.

seating in autumn

April has seen some big storms throughout the state of New South Wales. Temperatures have dropped so low, it’s feeling more like we’ve moved straight into winter rather than the middle of autumn. Here is a list of blog posts to help keep you inspired during the cooler months. Happy reading!

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Against All Odds – What’s Our REAL Chance of Becoming a Successful Author?

Jenny Bravo at Blots & Plots

10 Things Finishing a Novel Taught Me About Writing

James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone

How Should Characters Change?

Author, Jody Hedlund

7 Setting Basics Than Can Bring a Story to Life

J. A. Konrath at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

The Path to Success

Robin Houghton at Anne R Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Ten Reasons for Authors to Blog

Delilah S. Dawson at whimsydark

Please Shut Up: Why Self-Promotion as an Author Doesn’t Work

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – March 2015.

sunset beach

The last days of summer have begun to fade away this month and a chill is in the air. With the cooler weather, it’s a great time to get outdoors to do some reading. I’ve found some great blog posts this month for those of you testing the waters with a new writing project, taking the plunge into publication or drowning in social media. Happy reading!

Nina Amir at The Book Designer

So You Want to Write a Book? Just Do It!

Alicia Rades at Helping Writers Become Authors

Relax! Beta Readers Aren’t Scary: Here Are 3 Truths About Them

Linda S. Clare

Writing YA? How to Know for Sure

Angela Ackerman at Romance University

You Wrote a Killer Love Story…But Did You Romance the Reader?

Anne R Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

How Do I Sell My Book? 6 Tips for New Authors

Jane Friedman

My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – February 2015.

afternoon-tea

This month sees the end of summer here in Australia, and some of you may already be struggling with your new writing resolutions. Starting this month, I have compiled a list of blog articles that you might find helpful with your writing projects. Happy reading!

Lynda R Young at Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Rewrite an Old Manuscript or Let it Die?

Jody Hedlund at Author, Jody Hedlund

One Important Thing Many Writers Neglect to Do While Waiting

Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Fiction Writers: How to Find Your Ideal Reader

Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Should You ‘Send Out’ That First Novel? 9 Things to Consider First

Kimberley Grabas at Your Writer Platform

Blog Post Ideas for Writers: Solving the ‘What Do I Blog About?’ Conundrum

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