Thursday, May 28, 2009

Book to Music Video

I've gotten into the habit of associating music with my stories, and I’m curious how many other writers do this. When I start a book, I have a general idea, the big plot points, etc. I can see it in my head almost like a music video. Somewhere along the line, I’ll hear a song that goes perfectly with my plot and then I’m stuck with thinking of this plot every time I hear that song.

This can be maddening, but it’s also convenient if I need to get back into the story after stepping away from it for awhile. I only need to play the song and it immediately puts me back into those characters’ heads.

Do you do this as well? If so, what story are you currently working on and what song do you associate with it?


M.V.Freeman said...

Ooooh, I love having music in the backround! Usually its classical. Funnily enough, that is changing- I am now beginning to be able to write with songs that have words playing. Go figure! :)

For my current story, I have a number of songs. For some reason, for me Evanescence, "Sweet Sacrifice" is my song of choice, along with "Last Kiss Goodbye" by Hinder,and "Burn it to the Ground" by Nickelback.

I think music is extremely motivational, what songs are you listening too?

Karen Beeching said...


Yes, music is such a strong influence, isn't it?

The song I associate with my last book is Far Away by Nickelback. Current book is Run by Snow Patrol. Next book in this trilogy is Going Under by Evanescence (perfect for my villain!).

M.V.Freeman said...

I love Evanescence! :) I bet your villan is going to be cool!

Christine said...

I wish I could be a "music writer" as it would be a great way to get my head back in the game. I am more of a movie writer--screenplay--images dancing in my head--people having conversations.

I am music challenged. I have an iPhone with no music on it--yet.

Carla Swafford said...

I have to say that when I hear guitar music (Spanish style) I automatically think about writing. It's my choice of music when I'm blocking out the noise around me. But the music itself doesn't influence my writing.

JoAnn said...

I love music, but I can't have it on when I write. It's way too distracting! Or maybe I'm just listening to the wrong kind... :-)

Kate Diamond said...

I always make a soundtrack for every single novel I write. I MUST listen to it while I brainstorm and draft, but I can't listen to any music with words while I'm editing.

"When You Come Back Down," by Nickel Creek, is the theme song for my current romance. Describes my h/h PERFECTLY.

Louisa Cornell said...


I definitely listen to music when I am writing - instrumental only and mostly classical.

For The Raven's Heart, believe it or not, the prominent "soundtrack" was Mozart's Requiem. Then again, what do you expect for a Regency Gothic?

For my current book The Deceit of Desire, the soundtrack is a combination of Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.

As a classically trained musician and retired professional opera singer I have a WORLD of great writing music available to me. My vinyl collection of recorded classical music is probably worth a small fortune. I don't play them very much now as I have most of the stuff I need on CD.

Diane Richmond said...

I can't have music playing when I write unless it is white noise very far in the background.

Latin music is what inspires me--then I write.

Cari Hislop said...

I find drawn to songs that personify my characters. My last book's hero's song was Falling by Richard Marx. I just love this song. It's very evocative and brings to mind the falling autumn leaves that made the hero fall in love with the heroine. I've now listened to it almost 500 times...scary...but while writing I only listened to it while working through certain parts where the story was from the hero's perspective. The heroine had a different song, Everesence; Bring me to Life.
I find now that even with finished books I'll hear a song and go...Ah...that's perfect. For my rake redeemed, when I heard Angel by Sarah Macloughlan I was electrified. It was perfect. But just the other day I was sitting here writing and listening to music and I had to turn it off because it was drowning out the characters. So for me it depends on the mood.