by Lisa Jordan
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”
My two sons have musical abilities they didn’t inherit from their parents. My oldest son sang in an a cappella and an elite choir in high school and college and played the trumpet and trombone in band. My younger son sang in the same a cappella choir and elite choir as his older brother did. My husband has a pleasant voice, but he’s tone deaf due to pneumonia as a teenager. I, on the other hand, make a joyful noise. No kidding. I love to sing. I just don’t do it well.
I love different styles of music, which is evident by my iTunes playlists and Pandora selections. And I use those on a daily basis as I write.
Music is one of my essential writing tools. Sitting in the living room while the rest of my family watches TV or plays on the Xbox, I can put in my earbuds and drown out the rest of the world to focus on my current scenes.
Music creates a mood-not only for me, but also for my characters. Different types of scenes require different styles of music. While writing a break-up scene in my newest release, Lakeside Family, I listened to a lot soulful love songs. The mellow, heart-yearning sound helped me to capture the emotions of my characters.
Also, listening to the same music my characters enjoy helps me to dig deeper into their POVs. Currently I’m writing about a sassy transplanted Texan, so I’m listening to more country than usual, but the style helps me to channel my character’s energy and personality onto the page.
Music stimulates my creativity and provides inspiration when I’m struggling with a plot point or a scene. Lyrics can trigger ideas and take my story in an unexpected direction.
Music draws me closer to God and reminds me to keep my focus on Him as I write each scene.
Even if you need solitude to write, consider listening to different styles of music before you sit down to write to stimulate your creativity. You may be surprised where the notes lead you.
Share Your Thoughts: Do you listen to music while you write? Why? What type of music?
Lisa Jordan writes contemporary romance novels for Love Inspired. Lakeside Reunion, her debut novel, is a 2012 Carol Award Finalist. Lakeside Family released this month. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such. To learn more about Lisa, visit her website at www.lisajordanbooks.com.