Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I don’t know about you, but my Mom used to complain about my doing homework while listening to music. She said it would break my concentration. Since I was a stellar scholar in high school I didn’t worry about it too much. But now…vindication. Music is another resource writers can use to fine-tune their writing.
Last week composer Leah Curtis http://www.leahcurtis.net/live spoke at our local film group http://sdfilmmakers.org . The main premise of her presentation was the ability of a good composer to help in the construction of a film from inception through post production. What struck me as a writer, was her emphasis on how music can facilitate writing.
Recent brain research has demonstrated that listening to music
…when an auditory stimulus is attended, stimulus-related activity in distant brain regions becomes highly temporally correlated. http://www.nsi.edu/index.php?page=xii_music_and_language_perception
And that music and language patterns affect similar parts of the brain. Hmmm. Language patterns. Isn’t that what writers create?
After the meeting I thought about different ways writers can use music.
- As a background noise filter to keep you focused on writing.
- As tone when developing
- Heart racing beat to accompany short punchy action scene sentences.
- Music that sets the mood for romantic interludes Sexy
- Creating the tone that evokes emotions toward the antagonist
Mental mind torque
I am certain that once you start in with using music you will find many ways to use it to augment your writing.
I would not presume to tell you what music to use while you are writing/thinking because each person’s musical preferences are different. But, using music can be an important aid in the writing process.