Today’s prompt for the monthly Twitter game #AuthorConfession asked about my main character’s favorite song. Honestly, he doesn’t have one, because it would fall into a retro-modern trend that doesn’t yet exist.
Since I can’t predict music in our near future, I’m going to bring the question back to what I use to create develop the characters in my current project.
I mentioned in “Music for Writing” that music is a part of my writing process. This really is not unusual for writers. Nona Mae King on Writers Helping Writers Become Authors suggests that music helps writers in four ways: encourages focus, enhances mood, and promotes inspiration, and encourages us to seek inspiration.
Here’s a glimpse of music I’ve listened to while writing scenes. (Sometimes the videos even relate to my story!)
Bonus: Here’s a song I played on repeat for a short story about one character’s backstory.
Do you like any of these? What are your favorite songs?
Sometimes, they research turns into fascinating distractions. Let’s not even go into how the middle of my novel centers around STI testing. (Why?! It’s okay. There’s sexy time and drama at the testing site.) Let’s pretend that every year, certain types of viruses don’t attempt to put us down on our backs and mess with productivity.
What I mean is that, sometimes, what scientists discover about viruses is their beauty.