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Add Music to your Writer’s Tool Box
We all know how powerful music is in evoking emotion and enhancing mood, whether it be in a movie, a wedding, a restaurant, or at a sporting event. I have found the same is true when I am writing. The right music can help me craft everything from high energy adventure to tension-filled emotional dialogue. My personal rule is that the music must be lyric-free. Instrumental music works best for allowing me to capture the right feeling.
Finding music for your writing is by nature personal. If you need a starting point, I suggest trying some movie or television soundtracks. I favor them because their tracks have been chosen to support a rich variety of moods, and often you can get a nice mix of fast-paced action, lighthearted songs, slow romantic ballads, suspense builders, and songs evoking any feeling you can imagine.
A terrific place to find soundtracks and other CDs is your local library. Borrow a few and see what kind of muse you can conjure!
If you already have a playlist of inspirational “writing music”, please consider sharing it in the comments!
Here are some of my favorites:
- Anything by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Alexandre Desplat
- “The Painted Veil”
- “Memoirs of a Geisha”
- “The Piano”
- BBC’s “Planet Earth”
- “Pearl Harbor”
- All the soundtracks for “Harry Potter,” “Chronicles of Narnia,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Star Wars”
- “Pride and Prejudice” (Dario Marianelli’s version)