It’s my pleasure to have Darcy Town on the blog today. Darcy describes herself as a Sci-Fi Fantasy Geek. She’s a consultant, by profession and an indie author who enjoys dark humor. Darcy will share with us how music impacts her writing, a subject most of us can relate to, so without further ado…
Music and Writing – The Importance of Having a Soundtrack
|Darcy Town, Author|
You think soundtrack and you might think movies, but I think soundtrack and I think books. Music has been a large part of my writing since…well, I can’t even remember when I started selecting songs for scene creation. I collect (and like) songs that I can picture going to a scene, whether in my current novel or some half-baked idea that I haven’t started to take notes for. I’m always building, editing, and listening to book music. It’s the only thing on my Zune.
I also select music for characters and their themes. I like to have three to five songs that describe some aspect of a character, or a relationship between two or more characters. I use these songs to remind myself that yeah, this is what this character is all about. If I’m feeling uninspired or stuck on a scene, I’ll turn my music on, sit back, and see where the song takes me. My wildest and most offbeat tangents have come due to some melodies. Without the music, my stories and characters might be completely different than they are today.
So, long and short of it, I listen to book music on the bus, during lunch, while I workout, zone out, etc. There’s only one time I do not listen to music. And that’s while writing. I know some writers listen to music while they write to get them in the right mood…but music is a brain altering drug and I know my readers won’t be listening to a song (or at least not to my song) at the point that they read, so I cannot write under the influence. I have to know that my scenes, characters, and dialogue can stand on their own and give the emotional impact that I desire, without the bolstering of notes and lyrics.
I’ve been asked if I have music that I enjoy separately from my book music. The answer to that is no, they are intertwined. If I cannot picture it with a scene, then I don’t like it. That both broadens and shrinks my musical tastes in interesting ways. I’ll always give something a try when it’s suggested to me; after all I may find the next best song for my new character and that can absolutely make my day.
I felt like I should end this by listing a few of the songs that I utilized for my series. A larger list is on my blog, but here’s a shortlist.
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Slam by Pendulum
9 Crimes by Damien Rice
Becoming Insane by Infected Mushroom
Space Dementia by Muse
Apply by Glasser
A Sight to Behold by Devendra Banhart and
Howl by Florence and the Machine.
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The Way You Are by Ingrid Michaelson
The Operation by Charlotte Gainsbourg
You Did a Good Thing by Sleepthief
Lust by The Raveonettes
Fallen by Delerium
Intervention by Arcade Fire
The Con by Tegan and Sara
You can find more information about my writing and musical choices over on: http://navigatorsanddemons.wordpress.com/
See a listing of Darcy’s books on Goodreads.