I recently presented a workshop at a writer’s conference, my writer’s conference to be exact, sharing my passion for mixing music with writing to stay inspired. Combining music with my writing sessions has become a huge help for me and I hoped other writers would be interested to learn the techniques I use to get past writer’s block, or lack of inspiration to create.
The response I received was overwhelmingly positive. As I explained how the brain works sequentially, and that music also connects with our brains in sequence, it was as if a light turned on in the room. I encouraged the to close their eyes as I played my favorite sound tracks for them. The imagery was unique to each one.
It’s no wonder humans are drawn to music of all kinds. Music feeds our emotions and sparks our creative centers to move us into invention mode. As writers, we can then “invent” stories that are fed by our emotions and passed on to our reader. Or an artist can express emotions on the canvas or mold it into a sculpture.
Readers want to be moved with feeling when they read a story or even a true account of life.
We accomplish this as writers, artists, speakers or musicians by feeling the emotion first ourselves and then put those feelings into our creation.
Emotion embeds in our brain.
You are more likely to remember the sad, scary, exciting or happy events in your life – more so than events that had no emotion attached to it. Emotion impacts us. Art in any form that has been created through or touched by emotion will leave a lasting impression.
Music, for me, is the best way to draw out the emotion I need to create words on a page that will leave the reader with a memory long after they have closed the cover on my book. I make ITunes files of music that is related to my present work in progress. I find movie tracks to be the best.
When I put on my earphones and turn on the music, I am swept away to Japan, the vineyards of the Highland hills or a bombed out city in war-torn Europe. I can feel the emotion of the composition and it helps me put it on the page.
As artists, we need all the inspiration we can gather.
I hope you will use everything at your disposal to inspire your creativity. Try music as you create and see if enriches your experience.