My husband plays guitar; he’s been part of several bands — nothing big, just fun. So, listening to him play can create quite the stories, add nuance to scenes. Listening to him talk about music can give characters interesting backgrounds.
I find music has a way of cancelling out the white noise of wasteful thoughts that linger. Helps make room for ideas hidden in dark corners.
Listening to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day sing about his lethargic state — the various reasons for it — did wonders for one of my fictional characters’ internal monologue. I knew how the character should feel, but had some trouble expressing it, or showing it, until Armstrong’s emotional output came through.
Sure, it’s possible the emotion would’ve come through anyway, but it’s also possible I would have not liked it as much. And to convince readers, a writer must first convince herself.
~~ What type of music inspires you? Specific song(s)?
NOTE: I found a nice surprise in my inbox yesterday: Samantha Geary Jones, blogger extraordinaire, featured me, among other bloggers, on her WriterlySam blog in a very cool feature called Behind the Scenes. If you have a moment to check out the post CLICK HERE.