Music has power. An incredible amount of power to make us fall in love, feel sorrowful, and remember the past. It grips you, and when you find that perfect song, that grip on you doesn't let go. Just like a good book.
I don't think I'm alone when I say music inspires me in my writing. I'm constantly listening to it and building playlists. I absolutely love Spotify's Discover Weekly. I've found so many great songs I may not have heard otherwise. My newest find is "Heads/Tails" by Hotspur. I'd never heard of Hotspur until three days ago.
I have a great appreciation for music. I listen to everything, and by everything, I mean EVERYTHING! My playlists has music from today, yesterday, and 200 years ago. I like rock, emo, country, pop, classical, you name it. Yep, even boy bands. (Sorry, Kata!) It depends on the mood of the scene I'm writing.
When I write, I see the scene play out in my head like a movie...sort of. I think in pictures. So like how movies use music to up the emotional ante of a scene, I use it in very much the same way. For example, The Body has a dark, demonic feel to the book. It has tons of action between supernaturals. So I used a lot of music from the band Red. They set the mood for me. Many of the scenes when Lucas and Carrie are stargazing, I use the classical stylings of Yiruma. For Love Always, Kate, I needed deeply emotional music, so I turned to Rascal Flatts.
On the practical side, I use music to drown out the world around me. Blaring music. I write with my earbuds in, and the sound turned up as loud as I can get it. It helps me to focus and stay focused, especially with four kids, a husband, and pets running rampant around the house.
If you are interested in checking out any of my playlists, I have them on my website. I'd also love if you want to follow me on Spotifiy. I have playlists for the whole Love Always Series and the Spirit Trilogy, as well as for Breaking Through, public on Spotifiy. A fan also made one for Love Always, Kate on YouTube. So make sure to check that out!
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