Saturday, August 12, 2006

Star-Crossed Romance

Star-Crossed Romance

Hi all! It was actually my day yesterday, but for some strange reason, cyberspace didn't like me and woudn't let me in *sniffle*.

Anyway, my thoughts for the day (scarey...I actually have thoughts!).

So many people ask what inspires me, and most of all, it is music. It sets the mood. Leads me inwards. No, not space music LOL.

If I'm writing a swashbuckling scene, my music reflects that. A sad scene? Music reflects that.

I wrote Soul of a Witch mostly to the soundtrack of Gladiator (Russell Crowe's film). Heart of a Traitor - I mostly played the songs "Shame" and "Some People Are Strange". Soul of the Forgotten was similar music, but also included "I Wouldn't Be a Man (If I didn't Feel Like This)" and "Shot Full Of Love".

Songs like "Don't Pay The Ferryman" and "Holy Grail" really push my imagination.

Some music is great for fight scenes, violent scenes, and yet others for the tender moments.

Music suits my heroes, too. Such as when I'm writing a love scene and I listen to "I Wouldn't Be A Man" just inspires tenderness in my hero. "Don't Pay The Ferryman" gives an edge of desperation to a scene.

Just recently I cought a CD By Sandi Thom, and two songs on that CD - "Lonely Girl" & "Sunset Borderline" show me, in my minds eye, a lonely Heroine, facing the universe alone and brave, but with a secret longing for her love and someone to be by her side.

Music can make my universe explode in action, loneliness, fear, horror...

Yep, music is a main ingredient for my inspiration. It sets my mood, reflects the setcion of writing I'm working on, and helps the words flow from the keyboard to the screen. I couldn't live without my music. Heck, I even went through nursing studies with music! LOL



Lynda K. Scott said...

I like to use Celtic music when I'm writing...especially if I'm writing an action scene from the pov of the heroine. I'm not sure why but that kind of music just seems to add a kind of bravery to my character that just rocks the scene {g}

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

We have certain days we're supposed to post? No one told me that.

Anyhoo...I write to music also. If I'm writing fantasy, it's usually New Age...contemporary or futuristic I can use rock. For sci-fi I kind of like a more techno sound. Jazz is good to put in anywhere. I usually load up the CD player and hit shuffle. Or turn on Siris satellite to a station that plays all 70's, 80's or whatever. Right now, I'm writing a contemporary romantic suspense so my music is going to be mostly rock. Collective Soul or something similar is always good for me.


Skylar Masey said...

Almost all of my novels can be linked to a song I used to get me in the mood of that particular title.

For my soon to be released futuristic is was a combination of 2 songs. Savage Garden's "To the Moon and Back" and "I Stand Alone" by Steve Perry from the Quest for Camelot soundtrack.

My paras are linked to Queen's "A Kind of Magic" and Saliva's "Bleed For Me".

The book I've just finished depended on Nickelback's All the Right Reasons, especially "Savin' Me" and "Far Away". Everytime I'd be feeling guilty for not plugging away at the keyboard and was in the car "Savin'" would come on the radio to say, "Get back to work and finish that book!". Now I hear "Far" and it makes me sigh because I recall the last aw-shucks scene of BELIEVE IN ME. For the kick-butt fight scenes I also pounded the keys to techno snippets from "The Saint" soundtrack.

So music totally rocks to listen to when I'm writing, but not so much during edits.

Skylar Masey said...

Forgot to say that for my contemporary PERFECTION NOT REQUIRED I listened to all Idol's music (Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, compilations from the shows), since the ms was originally intended for the American Title contest:0)

LOVEMAKER's call to action was Kelly's hit Miss Independent!