Earlier this week, I attended an Imagine Dragons concert. The third song they played was It’s Time. Imagine Dragons sang the opening much slower than it is on record and I found myself tearing up. I hadn’t realized this until I turned to the person I brought with me to the show and was trying to conceal my emotions from them. Then I asked myself, why was this happening and the answer came to me almost immediately.
That was my pivotal moment song. What I mean was I found this song at a time in my life when everything going on around me was unstable. How I found it, ironically enough, was it was attached to a trailer for my favorite movie that was coming out later that year. At the time I saw the trailer, I didn’t realize how much both the song and the movie would mean to me, but now as I look back, I find it funny. I had no idea then how much my life was about to change.
I discovered what I wanted to do: keep writing. I discovered that all of those friends I was holding onto from high school needed to go. As those friends were slowly removed, I discovered who my real friends were, the people that would stay with me to this day. I learned about myself. I was a bit isolated in this journey, but nonetheless, I found out what makes me tick. It is because of this song that I am able to write as often as I do. I no longer see writing as a hobby. It is my career.
Music also grew in its impact on my writing. I will admit that I am a bit fickle when it comes to writing with noise.
My most preferred method to write is in total silence. When I tell people about this, they go, huh? I’ve found that among my writing peers, writing to music is a common thing. For me, I sometimes need the silence to focus my thoughts or else the lyrics get jumbled in there and I’m writing lyrics as opposed to a story. I find that I’m able to zone out in silence and next thing you know, I’ve written ten pages.
My second method is writing with instrumentals. I use these when I’m lacking inspiration or need to nail an important scene. Instead of getting lyrics in the background, I get a full range of emotion. My mood rises and falls with the music. My heart beats faster. I get hooked into the scene in a way I couldn’t with plain silence. Movie scores and movie trailer music usually work great for this. I’ve bookmarked a handful of these for when I need to write.
My third and final method is writing with music that has lyrics. This happens rarely and when it does, it’s usually when I’ve nailed a scene down and I just want some accompanying background noise. I often set the tone of the music to fit the scene I’m writing. Songs with lyrics are important to me more so because I match them up with my characters and their journeys and then weep about how accurate the song is later. To say I’m a fan-girl would be an understatement.
I’ll end this post by asking you readers, what do you like writing to? Instrumentals? Lyrics? Silence like the weirdo that I am? Something else? I look forward to hearing about it.