Does music set the mood? I find my creativity increases the minute I turn on music. And I’ve learned that specific music works in certain situations, for different manuscripts. For instance, while writing my book set in Pennsylvania’s Amish country, I wrote to the soundtrack of the movie Witness. An obvious choice, perhaps, but there was something about those orchestral combinations, those throbbing cellos, that really quickened my pulse and made my fingers fly over the keyboard.
In fact, soundtracks are my favorite music to write by. There’s a reason the particular music in a soundtrack was created—to mimic a mood the filmmakers were hoping to inspire in their audience. It works, even if the audience is a lonely writer sitting at her keyboard!
This morning I was listening to Annie Lennox. Her “Walking on Broken Glass” is one of my favorite tunes on my gym playlist. But some of her other songs are more reflective, more painful. The next time I write an emotionally wrenching scene (and those are my favorite kinds!) I’ll listen to “Why” or “No More I Love You’s”. I can just HEAR the angst spilling all over my keyboard!
I’m listening to the soundtrack from Forrest Gump as I write this. It’s inspiring me to…run.