19 July 2020
Write by letting your creative mind enjoy other stimuli
Music has a unique power to carry us away – triggering memories or flights of fancy, evoking emotion beyond words or capturing or creating a mood.
So music can be a great trigger to get you into a creative mood.
Why not try some of these ideas to help you turn notes into lines.
- Pick a favourite tune. Describe why you love it.
- Compile an imaginary soundtrack to your current writing project.
- Go on YouTube or Spotify. Pick a playlist. Write whatever comes to mind as you listen to it.
- Listen to a song you remember from teenage years. Write about your younger self listening to it.
- If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be? Write about why and what sort of music you would make.
- Find an artist you like and listen to an album or playlist by them. Write about how the artist inspires you.
- Choose a piece of classical music and as you listen to it, write about the moods it evokes.
- Try listening to a piece of music very, very quietly. Then convey that experience of concentration in writing.
- Now turn up the volume as loud as you (and your neighbours!) can bear. How does that affect your writing?
- Put on music you can dance to. Dance wildly round your living room. Then sit down to write.
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