Usually, I tend to write in silence as I have to pay close attention to the voices in my head in order to write down what they’re saying. Besides, there’s usually mood music playing throughout the duration of the scenes, low enough to still hear the voices, watch the action, yet still hear the faint whispers of the score playing in the background. Most of the time, my stories, songs and poetry play in my head like a movie.
It’s only day 4 and I have an unusual amount of depression/stress/anxiety beating out of my heart, coursing through my veins and pounding in my head, which is making it increasingly difficult to hear the voices and the background music as this pounding in my head is drowning out the sounds. I write anyway. I just keep rereading the last 2-3 paragraphs and perhaps skip ahead 2-3 paragraphs. I know something must be inserted here but I cannot settle down enough to concentrate.
Today, during the moments I should be writing, I pause for reflection, to seek out inspiration and allow colorful imagery to envelope my mind and senses while listening to these magical tunes for a moment. Perhaps these melodies will help me to engage better with the voices, settle my mind, be still and listen. And then, I will attempt to write again.
I’m listening to this tune I heard on the last episode of Reign. It’s by London Grammar and the song is Wasting My Young Years. I love it so much, I have to listen again, and then play another song by them that’s lovely – Strong. I feel both of these songs play in to particular scenes in my story with perfection and brings me great relief, as I know this will help me when I start writing again in a few minutes, while I go work on those scenes with the tunes playing faintly in the background, struggling to be heard as if they are quietly playing inside my head, which also helps me. For now, I’ll listen to the beauty and allow it to inspire me. I play Clocks by Coldplay. Ah, another great one.
These are songs that could sooo be playing in the movie in my head, so perhaps they will play in the movie as I write the story, all the while being sucked in by the characters, the mood, the action, the flow as the music takes me down the stream, carefully avoiding each bump and hopefully not crashing into any more rocks along the way.
I am writing a fantasy/adventure/sci-fi novel (which is my favorite to read and watch as well as write) and I must fight the resistance and seek to destroy all that opposes me, namely the stress of writer’s block. I get so angry that I allow all that depression to take over how my mind operates!!!
Sometimes, pressing the pause button on the writing to listen and be inspired by beautiful music is just the ticket. Find music that inspires you, that plays into your story – the movie playing in your own head. I played one of my all time favorites – an oldie but a goodie, Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd, although I clicked on 0:37, because the beginning is a bit annoying.
Next is the original soundtrack to Harry Potter. Yes, I’m a Harry Potter nerd. My daughter and I both are. Can’t help it. Another good one for a specific scene in my story is by one of my all time favorites – Switchfoot as they play I Dare You To Move. Then, I can’t help myself but to listen to their This Is Your Life.
I recommend, if you cannot concentrate and you need to add some vibrancy to your imagination, seek out some music that can help you along your way. Pay attention to the songs played in your favorite shows. Remember what bands they announce at the end of the show. Think of your favorite bands, sounds, movies and look up that music online. Youtube is awesome! Bookmark the songs on your internet browser so you can access them anytime and let them play in the background while you write or else just take a break and listen to them. Then, by all means, get back to your writing. As that is the whole point.
I’m at 6,970 words, so all is not lost. The goal is 50,000 by Nov 30, so I am hopeful I can meet that finish line proudly. I have a higher goal set for myself, though, so we’ll see if I meet that one, as well. Rock on, Writers! We got this!