Friday, February 7, 2014

Do you use music when you write?

Today on Go Teen Writers, we welcome YA author Laura Jackson, who has generously donated TWO copies of her book for us to giveaway! Details at the end of Laura's lovely post.

Music. Listen to it.
by Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson loves books. Back in third grade, her cousins teased her because she was reading a very thick book about the battle of New Orleans. She doesn't remember anything about that battle now, but she remembers wondering why they didn't want to read it. 

After graduating with a BA in English and history (where she didn't learn anything about that battle of New Orleans), she taught 7th grade language arts for eight years. That's where she fell in love with YA books. Worth the Wait was released this month.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is credited as saying this:

Music is the universal language of mankind.

And it’s true. Music can often express thoughts and feelings the mind can’t.

So, how does it translate into writing?

Before I became a librarian, I taught 7th grade language arts. I could teach my students how to write grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs, and essays. But, part of the state testing graded them on “voice,” which I couldn’t teach. No matter how perfect a sentence or story can be, if there’s no feeling or voice, the words fall flat to the reader.

Then, my co-worker (Christina Thibodeaux…have to give credit where it’s due) came up with an idea. Jammin’ Journals. Every Friday, we listened to music with the words and pictures flashing on the projector screen.

We listened to everything from Hannah Montana (yeah, before she started singing as Miley Cyrus) to The Beatles and everything in between.  Some discovered new genres they enjoyed. Some groaned when we broke out the instrumental. But, all wrote in response to the music.

And I was amazed. Kids who struggled to write a paragraph were asking for more paper. Kids who wrote grammatically correct but boring papers started to develop that “it” factor that sets a great writer apart from a good one.  

It took time, but those kids developed their voice through practice and music. Because music sparks something in us that can’t really be explained. It pulls out emotions we didn’t even know were buried inside of us.

When I’m writing a break-up or heartache scene, I go to Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift.

When my character in Worth the Wait was figuring out that God’s plan is worth the wait, I was listening to “Keep Making Me” by Sidewalk Prophets on repeat. (Great song if you’ve never heard it.)

For the story I’m working on now, the character is angry at everyone, including herself, so Skillet’s been playing a lot. Another character plays the piano, so I’m exploring some piano pieces. The music sets the tone for the scene or helps me get into the mind of a character.  

So, next time you’re stuck in a scene or trying to figure out a character, crank up the tunes. Maybe take a drive or a walk while you listen. 

But don’t just listen to music you like. What music would your character like? What sounds would play if that scene were in a movie. Listen to that and see where the emotion takes you.

I’d love to hear what music you’re listening to while you work on your current story! Leave a comment below to get entered to win one of two copies of Worth the Wait.

Laura is giving away an ebook and a paperback of Worth the Wait. Due to the unfortunate realities of expensive international shipping, he paperback is for a U.S. resident only, but the ebook is open to a winner from any country.

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Do you listen to music when you write? Does your character have a theme song? Let us know for a chance to win a copy of Laura's book!


147 comments:

  1. I love listening to music while I write. :)

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  2. While working on my story i listen to country music all the time I love Luke Bryan music and Justin Moore music. At one point i was listening to Luke Bryan's tailgates and tanlines album like 24/7 i also listen to Bon Jovi sometimes. I usually use Pandora Internet Radio to stream music,

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    1. I LOVE country music. Have you ever seen Luke Bryan in concert? I saw him at the Houston Rodeo two years ago, and he's fun!

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  3. I listen to music all the time when I write, particularly if I really want to write a lot. My go-to music is generally LOTR soundtracks and Celtic; other than that, it varies with my mood and the story. Several of my characters have theme songs too, but not as many as I'd like.

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    1. I had never heard Celtic music until we did it once for Jammin' Journal. Cool stuff!

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  4. I always listen to music whenever I write. It helps me get inspired whenever a bad case of writer's bock come along, or when I need help plotting the rest of the story. My character's don't have theme songs, but I have thought about trying to find some. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Thanks for commenting!
      Good luck with your writing!

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  5. I haven't listened to music when writing. You think I should? I have a somewhat-backed-up aprehenshion toward just skiming through the internet, finding stuff (don't know what can be out there, etc.) Do you know some good Christian music I could listen to if I'm writing a very unsure of herself teenage girl? Thanks so much!

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    1. Do you listen to Pandora?
      If not, check it out!
      Pandora's great because you can type in Mandisa, Skillet, or whatever band/artist you like, and it will play music similar to that artist. You can even find a station by genre like Contemporary Christian or something like that.

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    2. Here are some Christian artists I know of that might be helpful for you: Ginny Owens, Meredith Andrews, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, Jamie Grace, and Moriah Peters. You also might like to check out Anthem Lights. They're a Christian band but they do a mix of Christian and non-Christian music, some of which might be helpful when writing your story. Good luck! :)

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    3. Thanks! Sorry for commenting almost the same thing twice. I thought it didn't do it the first time. :)

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  6. Music really helps me find the tone for certain scenes. Great post!
    -Sam

    www.youngwriterscafe.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks!
      Yes, music does help capture the tone!

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  7. I don't listen to music while I write. You think I should? What Christian songs would you suggest when writing a very unsure of herself teenage girl? Thanks!

    http://teensliveforjesus.blogspot.ru

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    1. I don't think you have to listen to it while you write, but I think it can inspire you to write or help you get out of a rut. I hope that makes sense. I listen to sports radio a lot while I write, but if I'm stuck in a scene, trying to figure out the emotion, or trying to capture a moment, music works.
      Taylor Swift captures those feelings well. Even if you're not a fan of her singing, the girl can write a song! I also love Mandisa for encouragement!
      Thanks for commenting. Good luck!

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  8. I listen to music almost constantly when I write. It helps SO much! This post was great. ;) Most of my characters don't have theme songs, but often a book will have a theme playlist/song that I play over and over again, listening to it hundreds of times without even noticing, because I'm so into what I'm writing.

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  9. I almost always listen to Imagine Dragons or Skillet when I write. Helps me come up with new ideas. Awesome post.

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    1. I've never heard of Imagine Dragons...will have to add them to the list I'm making from the comments. :)

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  10. I have a lot of noisy siblings, so I listen to music mainly to drown them out. Right now I'm mainly listening to Linkin Park, Skillet, Imagine Dragons, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. :)

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    1. Whoops, forgot to add this: my characters don't really have a theme song but the book's theme seems to be Kick In Your Teeth by Papa Roach. :3

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    2. That sounds like a great theme song!

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  11. I rarely ever write without music. It's so helpful for really drawing out the emotion in scenes and characters. Sometimes I listen to songs with lyrics (if they're fitting for the scene I'm writing), but the majority of the time I listen to fantasy soundtracks such as Narnia, Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon, Harry Potter, etc. And when I can find good Celtic music, I listen to that as well. Thanks for writing this great post!

    http://quoththegryffin.blogspot.com/

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  12. Music is awesome! I find myself listening to songs that I might not particular like but my character would. My current character's theme some is Run This Town, by Lucy Hale (clean version)

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    1. I've never heard of that song! I'm getting some great ideas from y'all!

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  13. I love listening to music when I write, and I use it a ton when I'm planning. Skillet is one of my go to artists. I'm using them a lot for my current story I'm developing, mostly their newest album, Rise. I'm always kind of stuck with the same old Christian bands though (don't get me wrong- I love them) because I'm not allowed to listen to most secular music. I can listen to some, but it's hard for me to find clean music that I can use as inspiration- especially when I'm trying to use music my characters would like.
    Awesome post, by the way!

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    1. I think Jake's theme song would be Good to be Alive, by Skillet.

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  14. Thanks for the post! I've never thought of music this way before, as something used to inspire writing (it's happened a lot by accident for me, though...Just never put two and two together). I'm currently editing my WIP so on scenes where I can't quite ace the feeling, I'll have to give this a whirl. Thanks so much!

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    1. Good luck with your editing. Editing always seems so much harder than writing the rough draft--at least for me it is.

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  15. I love listening to music while I write. I haven't quite found character theme songs yet... but perhaps one of mine would be "The Broken Ones" by Dia Frampton. :)

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    1. Will have to look for that song as I'm working on a story about a broken girl.

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  16. Wow this is awesome! Thanks for the post--I never thought of it that way!

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    1. Thank you for commenting. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Great post on music! For me, music can be both a muse and a distraction. ;-P When planning or writing a particularly emotional scene, music helps me set the tone like nothing else. I have theme songs for a lot of my characters, too. :-)
    Thanks so much for sharing this post with us. And for giving away your book! :-D

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    1. Yes, sometimes it can be a distraction, especially when it's a song that holds a lot of memories for me and takes me down memory lane. :)

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  18. I listen to music all the time while I write. I have a whole playlist dedicated to music for my story. When I am writing the effects of a certain death on my MC (she has major problems getting over this particular death) I listen to "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice, "If Heaven Wasn't so Far Away" by Justin Moore, or "Drink A Beer" by Luke Bryan. All three songs are about the death of a loved one and coping with that. In case you can't tell I really like country music. General songs for my MC include "Demons" by Imagine Dragons and "Human" by Christina Perri.

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    1. I love all three of those songs!
      (I'm anxiously waiting to buy tickets to the Houston Rodeo---three straight weeks of nightly rodeo events and concerts!)
      I've seen some authors put together a playlist of songs that symbolize their book....cool idea!

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  19. I find it really helpful to listen to music when I write. Not only does it set the tone for my scene, but I get easily inspired by the lyrics and often find some way of incorporating the song's themes and words into my work. Really helpful when you have writer's block!
    Thanks for the post :)

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    1. Yes, just as long as we don't start using the lyrics for lines! :)

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  20. It depends on what I'm writing, but yes, I do listen to music when I write. I love soundtracks, John William, Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams--all the greats. Sometimes, I actually make playlists for certain characters or chapters.
    great post!

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    1. I've heard of making playlists, and I need to try that. I usually just play a song on repeat, which can get old!

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  21. I am a music freak (and a swifie also) so I love listening to music when I write. I like to make a new playlist whenever I start a new book.
    Thank for the awesome post

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    1. Swifie? Is that a fan of Taylor Swift? If so, why am I just hearing about it? :)

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  22. I am guilty of listening to music. I say guilty because I choose to write only part of the time I'm listening. And yes, I've used music (sometimes in the book, sometimes just for me) for a character. Funny (and sad, I've been told) I used Sexy and I Know It for a female character. :D I think she was prepping for a date or an assignment, can't remember.

    Great post, thanks!

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  23. I can really relate with this post! Music helps me a great deal! Especially for the really emotional scene. The music I listen to has to somewhat reflect the scene though.

    Tell the World

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    1. Yes, it won't work if you've got dance music on while the character is crying into her ice cream.
      Thanks for commenting!

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  24. I don't have music for my story but I should see if I can find some. I do usually have some sort of music on though. :)

    HP

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  25. I usually stick with instrumental but sometimes i have songs with words. A lot of the time I try to find music related to what I'm writing. Fantasy with dragons and knights: break out the lotr soundtracks. outer space adventure: i usually listen to tron, star wars, star trek, or something along that lines. :)

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    1. I don't know if you'll see this, but what instrumental do you recommend?

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  26. I feel like I`m the only writer who does this, but I love to write to rap.

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    1. No, you can't be the only one. I enjoy old school Tupac!
      I also like Lecrae.

      And any time you fee weird, think of me. I listen to sports radio. I love my Rockets and Texans and need to stay up to date with what's going on. :)

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    2. Never listened to Tupac. Lecrae is one of my favorites though.

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    3. Now that I'm old, I listen to Tupac and can't believe I enjoyed those lyrics. But, the guy was a pure poet....just horrible language. Lecrae is much more uplifting! :)

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    5. Wanted to add to my comment.
      Tupac wrote about his time growing up in the hood, and having taught in the ghetto for ten years, I can appreciate his writing about his experiences. However, I understand why I had to hide in my room and listen to it on my Walkman when I was in high school. :) My mom wouldn't let me listen to it.
      I'm thankful there are Christian rappers these days who can talk about those difficult situations in light of Christ's saving grace.

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    6. I completely understand what you mean. I listen to a little of Eminem, there is a lot of bad language but I really feel some of the emotions and things he's rapping about. I mostly like the ones about his daughters and the song 'Love the way you lie' is perfect for my one character who is in an abusive relationship. I can't relate to it personally, but the song helps me write it. I also listen to the clean versions so it helps with language.





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    7. Yes! Eminem has serious talent! When I see people like him, who have SO MUCH talent, I pray that they'll use it for God. What an impact it would have on the world.
      But, perhaps that's a topic for another day.
      Thanks for the great discussion.

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  27. That's a really cool idea. Music while writing......
    Thanks!

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  28. I really like listening to music while I write. Great post!

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  29. I listen to music all the time when I write! I love movie soundtracks...stuff by Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman and John Newton Howard. If I'm brainstorming for my characters, I like listening to stuff with words, but otherwise, I leave it on really soft and go wild. :) Great post! Very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks so much!
      I usually listen to music I already know so that the words don't overtake mine. Does that make sense?

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  30. Hey I'm just wondering what is process of Jammin’ Journals? Like how do you tell the kids to do it? Because I'm a senior in High School now, but I really want to be a Creative Writing/English Teacher when I graduate college and music for me a really big thing (I'm in our Concert, Jazz, Marching and Pep Bands). So I wanted to think of a way to incorporate music into my lessons, so when this article it was just right up my alley!

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    1. Hi, Kara, you'll love teaching English. There's so much you can tie in with literature.
      We would just staple paper together for the six/nine week grading period. We'd decorate them.
      Then, each Friday, I'd play a song while showing a PowerPoint with the lyrics and pictures.
      At the end of the song, they'd have a few prompts from which to choose.
      Then, they'd write in their journal.
      I kept them for the entire grading period and then counted the collection as a test grade.

      You could also showcase music from the time period of whatever you're reading. I always taught The Outsiders, and we'd listen to a lot of music from the 60s while we researched to get a feel for the time in which the book was set/written.

      Good luck to you!

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    2. I see thank you (and sorry I got back late school has been making me busy), but I will defiantly remember that for when I teach. :) I'm just wondering though, can give me a example of one of the songs you did and a prompt or two that when with it?

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  31. I just recently started listening to music while I write and I've found it to be more than helpful!!

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    1. Yay!
      It's always a good feeling when you find something that works for you.

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  32. Oooh! I usually listen to music while I write. I have whole playlists of songs that relate to my story, and then other ones that I just seem to write well too. Thanks for the post! Love that Sidewalk Prophets song, by the way. ;)

    My characters have yet to discover their own theme songs. They each have a few on the playlists specifically theirs, but not one song yet. :)

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  33. In my last novel (*ahem* first draft) I listened to two songs by Aaron Shust: My Savior My God and... Give it All Away--they went really well with the story. It was something that could've inspired Janelle to keep moving forward--always. :) My current project won't let me write with music on. :P It varies for me. ;)

    Thanks for this post! And for the giveaway! :D

    TW Wright
    ravensandwriting.blogspot.com

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    1. It's interesting how the stories seem to take on lives of their own and dictate things, isn't it? I never would have believed that until I started writing.

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  34. I like trying to create playlists for my novels, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Finding the right song(s) are hard. (Especially because I'm picky about what music I listen to.)

    It depends on my mood whether I actually listen to the playlist or music. But it's nice to know I have it there, just in case.

    As for specific theme songs ... none yet, but quite a few possibilities.

    Thanks for the post!

    ~Annie-JoElizabeth

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    1. Yes, sometimes finding the right song is hard, but sometimes they seem to just come on the radio at the right time to inspire. :)

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  35. I like listening to music for inspiration. I never thought of it helping with scenes though! :)
    I've been thinking of writing something off of All I've Ever Needed by AJ Mickalka. I've been listening to it none-stop the last two days. :)

    Thanks, Ms. Jackson, for a great post!

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  36. I'm not an author, but I sometimes listen to music when I'm writing reviews. :)

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    1. :)
      Those of us who write are so thankful for those of you who write reviews. Thanks for helping spread the word about good books.

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  37. I love listening to music while I write, I usually have a playlist for each story I write or what mood I need. The theme songs for two of the books I'm writing are "Blackheart" by Two Steps From Hell and "Heart of Courage" also by T.S.F.H.

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    1. I was just listening to two guys discuss long band names. That's a long one! What kind of music do they play?

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    2. Mostly very epic soundtrack-like songs. People use them for trailers and stuff like that. I highly recommend them!

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  38. Oh wow, yes. Music does things! In tense/scare scenes I listen to Batman soundtracks. To Steps from "the H-Word" has some really epically powerful stuff, as well as Audiomachine.

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  39. Cool post! I'm a musician as well as a writer, and whenever I have a new story idea, I'll write a song about the protagonist. Sometimes I'll even record it and listen to it as I write, but more often I find something on Spotify to play on repeat. Lately, I've been listening to this somewhat-morally-corrupt-but-maybe-that's-just-my-easily-shocked-self song called 'Take Me Higher' by...Matt Nathanson, I think. It really helps in the romance department. Also, Imagine Dragons. Their stuff reminds me of battle scenes a lot.

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    1. That's really cool that you can connect your writing with your music.
      I have that song on my iTunes, but I haven't really connected with it. But, with music, you can listen to a song a hundred times and then it will suddenly speak to you in a new way.

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    2. Anastasia, you write music? Awesome! I am a Christian songwriter (I write the tune and the lyrics) and that can really help at times with my Christian novel. I've written a lot of songs, paragraphs, and poems about my character that I will probably never use, but they are helpful in planning everything. I picture the scenes in my mind as it would be in a movie. Often my mind starts writing music to match a lot of the scenes that would appear in a movie but not a book. Anyway, just glad to find another songwriter/novelist. Keep writing! :)

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  40. I LOVE listening to music, but not when I write. For some reason I can't do both at once. XD Like, I'll attempt to write a part of a story and end up writing in the lyrics of the song in or something. XD
    So, anyway, when I figured out that listening to music with lyrics wasn't going to work, I tried listening just instrumental music when I wrote, and that worked fine. :)
    But even with knowing that, I generally wouldn't listen to music when I write. I should start doing it more though. :) Wonderful post. :)

    ~Koren. :)
    A writer for Him.

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    1. Or you could listen to it before you write to get you in that mood for the story.
      Best of luck to you on your stories!

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    2. Oh my land, that is a great idea!!! I never thought of that. XD That is a wonderful idea, thank you so much! I'm going to do that. :)

      ~Koren :)

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  41. I normally listen to instrumental because lyrics mess up my concentration when I'm writing. When I know I'll be writing a dramatic scene I crank on the Lord of the Rings music, or a sad scene I head straight to Harry Potter. Movie sountracks are my go-tos!!!

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    1. What instrumental do you recommend?
      The next book I'm writing (that I've written about 10k for) has a guy who plays the piano, and I'm searching for good music to listen to!
      Thanks!

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  42. I always listen to music while I write. Can't function without it. I usually listen to one soundtrack for one novel, and that soundtrack just sort of becomes the book's sound. How to Train Your Dragon is the soundtrack of choice for my current WIP. My other favorite soundtracks are the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit and Thor. I usually stay away from lyrics since they can be distracting, but occasionally I'll listen to the book/character's theme songs or Owl City. :)

    ~ Kayla

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    1. Owl City...we did their song Fireflies for Jammin' Journal one week. :)

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  43. Welcome to Go Teen Writers, Laura!

    I enjoyed this post! I enjoy learning new teaching techniques.

    I tried listening to music with lyrics earlier in my WIP, and it didn't quite work, so I tried instrumental. Now that I'm farther along in the story, however, I can listen to music with lyrics. I think it just took me some time to really get to know my story while writing, which does feel different than planning. :)

    I very much like Pandora! My favorite artist is Owl City, so that's my go-to station. :)

    ~Whitney

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    1. You're the second person to mention Owl City. :) I need to listen to them more I guess. I only know "Fireflies."

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  44. I pretty much listen to music 24/7. It helps me write so much and I just love it! :)

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  45. As my stories are set in a medieval town, I like to listen to music from music, just instrumental, I think this fits the feeling best. My favourite is the music of Adrian von ziegler, he's from switzerland and composes wonderful medieval music themes, as well as irish music which works best for my current story. You need to check him out on youtube if you're writing fantasy stuff :)

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  46. For my current book my theme song is "Perfect People" by Natalie Grant. It fits the book's plot perfectly and is a song that my MC learns to love because of things that happen in her life.

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    1. Sounds great. I'm a fan of Natalie Grant. I love her music and her work to bring awareness to human trafficking.

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    2. She is one of my favorites...and that is one of the reasons why :)

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  47. I love listening to music while I write. If I don't it's too quiet! If my MC had a theme song it would probably be Follow You Heart by Anthem Lights or One Thousand Years by... I'm not sure who... :) Thanks for the give away!

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    1. Is it by Christina Perri? I'm listening to it on Youtube now....good song!

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  48. I definitely listen to music when I'm writing...In fact, a great writer friend of mine toss songs at each other. "Hey, do you think this captures so-and-so's voice?" :)

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck.
      That's great you have a writing friend. I have a writer's group, but I haven't met anyone yet who I can call and bounce ideas off of.

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  49. I mostly listen to movie scores while writing. It helps me get into the zone. Lyrics usually throw me off. And I only listen to calming instrumental while editing so I can stay focused. :)

    Stori Tori's Blog

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    1. You're right...harder to listen to music while editing. Maybe it's because we're looking for the little details when editing.

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  50. I tend to listen to Christian music when I write. Like, say Mandisa or TobyMac or Chris Tomlin. But I did listen to the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack when I was writing one story, and the Narnia soundtrack when I was writing a fanfiction on the Warriors site...

    - Tabby

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      Chris Tomlin is amazing too!

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  51. I normally need concentration when I am writing, but I have found music beneficial to my writing. I have had one or two songs that formed a character or picture in my mind.

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    2. What's cool about music is that while it gave you one character, the same song would give a totally different character to someone else. Love it!

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  52. I typically only listen to instrumental music when I write, either cello, piano, or both. The character in my books goes through psychological ups and downs while trying to find true euphoria. I discovered Ludovico Einaudi from Turin, whose piano compositions have the perfect sense of wondrous solemnity and power. His pieces really get me in the same emotional state as my character, and I feel more connected to her through them.

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      Happy writing! :)

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  53. I listen to a crazy variety. Sometimes instrumentals. I found that the Ender's Game soundtrack has helped me a lot on my latest project.

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  54. Great post! :) I usually don't listen to music when I write, but in the past I've listened to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, two of my favorites :) I've tried making a playlist of all of my classical music to listen to, but I've never gotten around to finishing it. . . I really like the idea of listening to different genres of music when writing different scenes. That's could be the reason why the semi-intense scene I was trying to write was kind of difficult. Michael Buble doesn't really doesn't portray "intense" very well. Haha!

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    1. No, I definitely don't get the urge to fight when I hear Michael Buble! :)
      Good luck working on that scene!

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  55. I haven't ever thought to listen to certain music while writing to help develop a story, but I love the idea. I think soundtracks would be the best because you get the emotion but don't have to worry about distracting lyrics. However, in some situations I think the lyrics might really help. :)

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    1. I've never listened to soundtracks before, but several people have commented on it. So, I need to try it.

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  56. I love writing with music! I gives you that 'I can do it' vibe, or helps you put what you didn't know how to put into your character, down on paper or in the computer.

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    1. I like that...."I can do it" vibe. I need one of those tonight--no motivation to write.
      Good luck with your book!

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  57. I like to listen to Cat Stevens while I write :) As well as having a fantastic voice I find his songs really poetic.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  58. I'm new and not writing a book, but I think listening to music for inspiration is a great idea! A lot of authors have playlists on their website.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I need to make a playlist. :)

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  59. At the moment I listen a lot to "Your Guardian Angel" and "Angel with a shotgun", because those two songs channel very well the main hero's feelings towards the heroin, they help me tune in his character better. As for the heroin I listen a lot to "The boy who murdered love", because that song describes well how the heroin feels about the current way the hero is acting. "Hot and cold" also fits quiet a bit whit him.

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    1. Googling "The Boy who Murdered Love" is definitely the next thing I do after I finish this comment. I need to hear this song!

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  60. I have playlists upon playlists for each book all with songs that have to do with the book. I would say that a few of the songs that are my FMC's theme are probably 'Broken Girl' by Matthew West and for my MMC the song 'Hero' by Sterling Knight

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  61. I listen to everything from Yiruma to Skillet when I write! Lately, I've been hooked on Jonathan Thulin, an amazing artist! Only one of my characters has a theme song. His name is Ryker, and it's Everything's An Illusion by Mayday Parade.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alexa Skrywer
    alexaskrywer.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh my gosh! You like Skillet too??

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    2. I love Skillet!! They can be SO great to write to.

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    3. They are full of emotion for sure!

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  62. I always listen to music when I write! Usually softer tunes like The Civil Wars, it really helps me write.

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      Thanks for commenting!

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  63. I LOOOOOVE THIS POST!!! Music is the first the I turn to when writing! It helps me understand my character better, form a bond, and set the mood for a scene. Sometimes I listen to music just so I can pretend to be a character! Great Post!!!

    -Syliah

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  64. I listen to music all the time when I write. It really helps me get into the mood. Especially in emotional scenes, I really need my music. Sad, heartbreaking scenes aren't exactly my strength. So I go my iPod and find all the sad songs I can find and just listen. It gets you into the characters and what they are feeling.
    One thing that I do, is right now, I'm creating a playlist for my book. I find songs for my characters and scenes in my book.
    Thanks for the post!!
    ~Fire

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  65. I listen to music sometimes, especially when I am writing an action scene...that is when it is time to listen to my Narnia music!

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  66. I rarely listen to music when writing because I end up wasting lots of time over which soundtrack/song fits my scene. When I do though, it's LOTR or Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl (which, by the way is the best music ever).
    ~Mila

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