What do these songs have in common, other than being squished together on my iPhone with 8,000+ other songs?
Josh Groban – Canto Alla Vita
Final Fantasy Dissidia OST – Cosmos
Charlotte Martin – On Your Shore
Answer: These three songs made up the core soundtrack of what I listened to while I was writing the Chronicle series. There were other songs thrown throughout (David Cook helped inspire romantic scenes, and I nabbed battle BGMs from games for fight scenes) but those first three were the building blocks of inspiration.
Music is an integral part of my writing process. Normally I will pick my music to suit my mood, but there are times where the music (especially if it’s on shuffle) will actually influence my mood. I can’t actually write effectively when there is silence or a chattering TV. Might be just my psyche; might also be because I have hypersensitive hearing. For whatever reason, music is my go-to tool for getting myself firmly into a zone. I set up a sometimes short playlist (or even just a single song on repeat), pop on my Boise headphones, and disappear for a while. My roommates have learned that if the headphones are on and the keyboard is clicking, there is a metaphorical DO NOT DISTURB sign in effect.
There is a downside to my musical orientation, of course. Some songs become so thoroughly associated to stories that just hearing the song will put me back into a world. This can be a bad thing when I’m active inside another world of my brain-i-verse. It sets off all sorts of bickering inside my head as characters vie for attention. And considering some of my characters are pretty powerful, it can get ugly fast. I have found myself zipping through one world then diverting to another and then back again. And, yes, I have been known to exclaim ‘Would you make up your mind?!’ on more than one occasion.
Well, of course I talk to my characters as if they’re real. Don’t you?