Hello April


POSTCARDS FROM THE MUSE

Hello April

Nandy Ekle

This month, the month of April is dedicated to tips and tools. So I will try to blog about things that I think of as a good tip, or something I use as a tool.

The only tips I have, besides SYBICAW (Sit Your Backside In Chair And Write) are tips I’ve picked up from other writers. And since my very favorite writer is Stephen King, I’ll use a lot of his tips. As for tools, I’m a pantser, so I’ll do my best.

As far as a tip for today’s blog, Writers write. So there you go. If you write, you’re a writer. If you just want to write but haven’t written anything, you need to re-analyze whether or not you are a writer.

Today’s tool. One of my favorite things is music. Sometimes lyrics grab me and scream that there is definitely a story buried here. Sometimes a piece that’s completely instrumental (Electric Light Orchestra’s instrumental Fire On High) tells a story just from the sounds I hear. I get a lot of story ideas from my playlist. And in those moments of needing extra inspiration, I will close my eyes and play the piece over and over.

 

Soundtracks


POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

Soundtracks

By Nandy Ekle

My playlist. I love my playlist. These are the songs I have collected that tell the story of my life. One of the songs is the first song my husband and I danced to in high school. One of the songs our high school drill team had a routine to, and won a state competition with it.  Several of the songs are from movies I really enjoyed. Some are comical, some are lyrical stories, some are just flat out beautiful poetry with genius tunes.

However, my MP3 player doesn’t have all of my songs. I have a secret list of songs only on the computer. These are what I call my writing playlist. These are the ones that give me little glimpses of stories in my head every time I hear them. One is a Christmas story about a main character that gives away his heart, then realizes quickly they gave it to the wrong person. One is the story of a main character who says the best dream they ever had was the one in which they were dying. I have an instrumental piece that, although it has no words, paints very vivid pictures of medieval dungeon with prisoners about to be rescued by a hero dressed in an animal skin loin cloth and carrying a gigantic broad sword.

What I’m getting at here, and I know I say this fairly often, is let music dance through your brain. It can set the tone for what you’re writing. It can plant images and stimulate memories for you to expand on. Sometimes it can even provide enough of the story that all you have to do is put it down on paper.

My writing playlist is short but powerful. A couple of the songs I love to listen to when I write are Last Christmas, performed by Wham, Mad World, performed by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules, and Fire On High, performed by Electric Light Orchestra. What music inspires you when you write?

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Tag words: play list, MP3 player, Electric Light Orchestra, Wham