30 Days Of Writing: Day 7

Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

Yes, I do listen to music while I write…sometimes. I don’t listen often, because after a couple days, I get burnt out and the music loses it’s desired effect.

What kind of music do I listen to? Well, I know you’ve heard it a million times from a million different people, but I listen to all types of music overall. Right now, on my iPod you’ll find old school rap/hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, various Rock, Country, Pop, even some french song, Motown, Japanese bands, songs from Japanese amine, and video game music.

Though I like a lot of music, only certain songs cause me to write. What inspires me most in a song is the music, if the words are good, that’s just a plus. Some songs are cool and you like them, but then there are certain songs that speak to something inside you. There are some songs that as soon as I hear them, I start to see characters and scenes in stories and films that haven’t been written or filmed yet.

I’m pulled to develop those characters and write those scenes.

These songs unearth emotions in me, some happy, sad, angry, some vengeful and hateful. I love it when a song holds such power over me.

Below are some samples.


This is Patricia Cole’s song to her cheating husband.


This is Sloan’s song in regards to how he feels about Billy.

Billy’s song in regards to how she feels about Sloan.

The General feel of the story.


General Action/Anger/Confusion

General Sadness/Betrayal/Resolve

General Nostalgia/Memories/Regret

I could go on and on and on…but I won’t, ha!


  1. Yes, I listen to music as well and have become “inspired” by the words, the story behind the words or just the beat of the music. Great post!


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