Archive for August 31st, 2011

August 31, 2011

Choosing the Right Music for your Writing Sessions

This short article from The Script Lab makes a great point about music and writing. If you listen to music while you write, listen to music that’s going to get you in the right mood, the right headspace, and the right alignment with your characters and story:

In 1999, I wrote a script titled Sausage. It was a comedy about a struggling gay opera singer who finally finds acceptance when he joins a 80s glam metal band. It was well received (plot, story, characters), but the glue was always in the music.

It was the music that connected the characters. Music found them. Music united, then divided. And it was music that brought them back together. Not unlike Spinal Tap and The Commitments, Sausage was first and foremost a real movie band.

So I devoured glam metal: Kiss, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe… and became a connoisseur of opera: Purcell, Handel, Mozart… and then, I made a soundtrack. And whenever I sat down to write, that soundtrack played. It became an extension of me, of the script, of the characters, of the writing itself.  This is not to say that every script demands its own modern version of the “mixed tape,” but there’s something to be said about music being part of the writing experience. First, figure out who your characters are – what kind of music they listen to – and then literally… LISTEN TO IT! You might be surprised what you discover.

August 31, 2011

Quote of the Day: David Almond

The best tip for writing is just to write; to sit down and write, to begin doing it and not to be scared by the blank page.