Monday, November 15, 2010

A song for your Muse?

Has any writer ever tried singing a song to their Muse? Not sure if the Muse is male or female? Does it matter? Maybe the Muse needs a love song to bring 'it' out of its shell?

Whatever the case may be, I danced to this song today and the Muse whammed me with words to finish a chapter I was stuck on. Maybe you just need to find the right song to get the Muse flowing.

If you find that song let me know with a comment.

Here's the one I found that worked for me today.


Admin said...

I've never had a song help me finish something when I'm stuck - but I have found songs that get the characters attention.

Black Velvet by Alannah Miles was Jett's (Hero of the book Black Velvet) song. If I was ready to write and couldn't get anything I'd listen to it and he'd show up and start working.

I've had songs introduce characters.

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood had Mel (Melody) peeking. I know who her hero is but she hasn't started talking yet.

I've had songs that absolutely fit the characters and their relationship.

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga fits Jenkins and Leena. She's forbidden to him but they still can't stay away from each other.

L. K. Below/Lindsay Below said...

I'm not usually a song person. In this case, I woke up this morning, had to WRITE a song. It isn't even featured in the book, but my main character (a traveling musician) started her set with her lucky song and I just had to get it on paper before I continued her story.

The muse works in mysterious ways.

Nancy Bell said...

Alberta Blue sung by The Traveling Mabels and Buckskin and Blue by Ian Tyson.

Unknown said...

I love that one Lea! One of my favorite movies. For me, it depends on my mood. "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from "The Lion King" picks me up when I'm down. For my Muse, I suppose "That's the Way it is" by Celine Dion. That song is about finding your Muse and sticking with her ;) Great topic!


Jim Hartley said...

I use songs differently ... I find the song title/idea sometimes actually provides a plot for the story. Some I have used are "Tennessee Waltz," "Change Partners," "Half a Photograph," "Butterfly," "The Rose," and "Ballerina" (that last one is due out in a couple months in a Valentines anthology from Whortleberry Press ... think of Vaughn Monroe singing "Ballerina" crossed with Star Trek's Cmdr. Data ...).

M. L. Archer said...

I'm writing a story about a haunted violin so Danse Macabre works really well!

Heather Haven said...

Love all music, am inspired by nearly every upbeat song. The One That I Love happens to be one of my personal favorites, too! Norman (hubby) was in the B'way production of Grease way back when. It was only for 3 short months before he went on the road with it but still, I was impressed. Needless to say, it's one of my all time favorite musicals.

Unknown said...

The song that helps inspire my current in Love Song For A Vampire by Annie Lennox.

Killarney said...

I started a comtemp romance just because of an 80's song about a woman who picked up a hitchhiker in a storm and had a one night stand that ended up with her pregnant. Also I know everyone gets a giggle out of my Gowan 'Moonlight Desires' trailer for my first Museitup release Guilty Kisses but it really tells some of the story behind the book. You'll see as soon as Gowan gives me the final ok *fingers crossed*

Charlie said...

I love writing to music, though I try to stick to instrumentals when I'm writing or else I start singing along. I love to write to Yanni or Jim Brickman. They can make my fingers fly and put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing, Lea.
C.K. Volnek