I don’t know about you all, but my mind wanders. Like, a lot. I wouldn’t say I have ADD, but my sister has said that more than once. It’s pretty simple for my thoughts to go on long-winded detours before finding their way back to the main path with twigs and leaves in their hair and clothes.
It is no less true when I’m writing. In an attempt to keep my thoughts on my writing, I enjoy listening to music. Generally, instrumental music is best for me, especially soundtracks from movies or video games, or originals from talented groups such as The Piano Guys or Two Steps from Hell. However, I have
stalled taken the time to create “soundtracks” to my novels with lyrical songs if I need a break from writing. It’s pretty fun and the music definitely gets me pumped to keep going with the book or with writing certain scenes.
Think of how music and sound set the tone to movies and television shows. Action scenes wouldn’t be as exciting without the quick tempo of drums or guitars, nor would romance scenes have such impact without the gentle timbre of violins or pianos. Think of the “Paranormal Activity” movie and how the absence of background tracks heighten the fear of the horror movie (all the better to hear your rapidly pounding heart).
What about video games? Remember when the music would just go all quiet and you’d realize that, “Gee, there are a lot of healing items and extra weapons in this room,” that signaled the dungeon boss right around the corner? Or the cheery, “You can do it!” medley of bells and trumpets of mini-games?
To me, writing isn’t very different. I enjoy having the background music to help get my mind on track with the scenes in my story. Generally I have various playlists or soundtracks playing in the background that let my mind churn out different ideas and directions for the story to go, and I always get anxious and excited to write out those scenes.
What about the lot of you? What kind of music do you prefer to listen to? Or does music hinder your writing process?
On that note (pun most certainly intended), I’ll leave you with one of my favorite instrumental tracks. Here is a beautiful cover of the Song of Time and the Song of Storms from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series, performed by the violinist Taylor Davis: