I love music! As a baby I sat on the floor and twisted, “dancing” to the music before I could walk. At one time I played both flute and piano and enjoyed listening to classical music while ballet dancing en pointe. (It’s amazing what we can do when we’re young!) Now I use music as a tool in my writer’s toolbox.
Also, listening to music that feels like my character’s essence helps me write more believable dialogue. When I strive to write a strong female voice I might listen to Joss Stone, Jill Scott or Janelle Monáe. For a superficial young male voice I play songs like Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars.
In the interest of sharing, here is my playlist while writing this blog:
I Love Music – The O’Jays
Don’t Stop the Music – Yarbrough & Peoples
Music – The Beautiful Girls
I’ve Got the Music in Me – Kiki Dee Band
Do you listen to music while you write? Do you use it to help you write?