Music has been an important part of my life since I was very little, so it is not surprising that sometimes, it inspires my writing. Here are some ways that music is one of many inspirational tools for writing.
Played in the background to improve focus
I know. This is not exactly inspiration, but when I play instrumental music while I work, it brings calm mental focus. This improves my writing by helping me think faster and more creatively. While in college, I used to play music while I studied and it prevented me from falling asleep while I read and took notes.
Promotes new ways of thinking
I write poetry and song lyrics. The benefit of doing this is that it forces me to think in a different way. Because it is a form of writing that has rhyme and meter, I have to find new ways of expressing ideas that fit the parameters of the writing form. The exercise stretches my writing abilities and offers variety. It also forces me to see the world through fresh eyes as I search for material to use in the poems and songs. After using this as one of my inspirational tools for writing, I grow in my ability to write narratives in new, creative ways.
Prompts new stories
There are some beautiful songs that tell stories in their own right. Check out these two that were featured in the movie versions of the J.R.R. Tolkien books.
The Last Goodbye with Billy Boyd
Into the West with Annie Lennox
Just listening to these songs brings many images and emotions to mind. As I listen, a new story might begin to take form in my mind. Song lyrics stir my imagination to ask questions. What is happening in this song? What might?ve happened before and after the story took place? How can I recreate it in a narrative? Try it yourself as you listen to songs.
Music can be another important inspirational tool for writing that helps you think in new ways. ?For other inspirational tools for writing, click here. ?For ways to overcome distractions, click here. If you are interested in how to use writing as a therapeutic tool, click here.
I would love to hear how music helps you in your writing endeavors. Please comment below.