As most of you know, I love music. I mean I REALLY love music. So, it’s no real surprise that I only write listening to music. Most of the time I listen to soundtrack music, something from the movie 300 or Batman Begins that gets my emotions going.
But lately, I’ve been listening to music with lyrics that remind me of a quality in one or more of my characters…
Like these, for example:
- “Have your nails scratched the deepest; Have you broken skin this time; Made your mark and took me deeper; As you drown me with your eyes”
- “I forget to dream in color; I am better off alone; Honest hearts are undercover; We are shadows on our own.”
Those particular lyrics help me get into the head of one of my new characters…hear his voice, so to speak.
- “I don’t know anything at all and I’m somebody else; It could take years to find you, it could take years to find myself.”
- “Am I still breathing, have I lost that feeling; Am I made of glass ’cause you see right through me; I don’t know who I am and you’re the only one who sees that.”
These are more about a character from my first two books – one whose POV I need for the last book in that series.
And ANYTHING by Evanescence throws me into the head of my MC from my first books instantly.
The more I look at lyrics, the more I find that good music with phenomenal lyrics that speak to my characters really helps me get into their voice.
As I have said in many other posts, getting into a character’s voice – and staying there – is really the key to writing fiction that speaks to the reader.
So, let me ask you guys…what kind of music do you listen to when you write? Are lyrics important to you too? Or is it just about the music?