Welcome the wonderfully talented (and funny), Maureen L. Bonatch, with a tip about musical inspiration while you write.
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The sound of silence…or using music to inspire your writing
I love music. I have it on at work, in the car, in the kitchen while I’m cooking, or cleaning, wearing ear buds while doing laundry, in a sound dock if I’m outside…but I can’t have anything on at all when I’m writing.
Nothing. Nada. As a panster, I can concentrate on my characters better without it. But sometimes my characters get stubborn and don’t want to tell me how to deepen that scene— so that’s when I walk away from the laptop and turn on the music.
Because I have songs that immediately immerse me into the story, inspiring me on how to increase the tension, make more conflict, or develop a plot twist when I return to the laptop, because music conveys emotion so well.
My friend once told me that she’d like to be Chaka Khan, just so she could walk into the office, with an old boom box propped on her shoulder blasting out her own theme song.
In my book, Destiny Calling, I have a song that inspires me for both my hero and heroine to immerse myself more deeply into their character.
When you watch a movie, you know something is going to happen when the music changes. Or notice how much more attractive and awesome the hero is when the filming slows down to slo-mo and the music pumps up an adrenalizing song.
I bet you can…Name That Tune
(or at least hear it in your mind when I mention these):
· Jason --Friday the Thirteenth
· Michael Myers-- Halloween
· John Cusack --Say Anything (That might be just me but I can’t hear Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes without seeing John Cusack holding that boom box and my heart squeezing just a little.)
· Friends, Happy Days, Frasier…pretty much every sitcom you know has a song that lets you know when it’s about to begin and tells you the mood of the show.
Just to show how much music sets the mood, think if Jason (Friday the Thirteenth) switched his music to the Friends song? It wouldn’t quite convey the same mood.
You don’t have any of that in writing. But I don’t have the luxury of a theme song when my reader is immersed in my story. I might know the soundtrack in my head that inspired me to write that scene, but the reader only has the words. When the scene starts and the bad guys are closing in, you have to rely on your words. Using descriptive terms about facial expression, scenery, setting and the pacing with sentence structure to pick up the conflict to get your reader to turn the page and stay up that extra half hour when they should be going to bed.
Do you have a soundtrack for the stories you write? Or one you envision when you’re reading a book?
What’s your theme song today?
HOPE ONLY WANTS TO FIND OUT IF HER ABILITY TO INFUSE EUPHORIA OR DESPAIR WITH HER TOUCH MAKES HER THE DEVIL'S SPAWN, OR HIS EXTERMINATOR. BUT WHEN THE WOMAN WHO RAISED HER IS MURDERED BY SOMETHING NOT HUMAN, SHE LOSES THE ONLY FAMILY SHE KNEW AND DISCOVERS ONE SHE MIGHT WISH SHE HADN’T.
DRAWN BACK TO THE HOME TOWN SHE VOWED NEVER TO RETURN TO, HER ABILITY IS SEEN AS AN ASSET TO EVERYONE BUT HOPE, AND SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHO TO TRUST. HER FAMILY WANTS HER TO HELP THEM OVERCOME AN ENEMY OPPRESSING THE HUMAN POPULATION, WHILE THE MAN OF HER DREAMS IS COURTING HER FOR THE UNDERWORLD.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT, AND HOPE’S CHOICE MAY BE MADE FOR HER, AS SHE DISCOVERS SHE’S A PAWN IN A BIGGER GAME PLAYED BY A MERCILESS RULER WHO DOESN'T LOSE.
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GROWING UP WITH FOUR SIBLINGS HAD MAUREEN FAMILIAR WITH ESCAPING INTO A GOOD BOOK, OR THE RECESSES OF HER MIND. SHE REALIZED LATER IN LIFE EVERYONE DIDN'T HAVE CHARACTERS TELLING STORIES IN THEIR HEADS, OR WEREN'T ENVISIONING MAGIC AND MAYHEM WITHIN THE EVERYDAY. THIS, AND LONG WALKS IN THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA SPAWNED A LOVE OF WRITING.
SINCE HER DESIRE TO BECOME A SOLID GOLD DANCER WAS THWARTED WHEN THE SHOW WAS DISCONTINUED, MAUREEN OPTED TO PURSUE OTHER PATHS. ATTEMPTING TO CONQUER NEW ENDEAVORS PROVED FRUITFUL WITH HER FIRST NOVELLA, WHILE OTHER ATTEMPTS, SUCH AS CHALLENGING A FEAR OF HEIGHTS WITH PARASAILING, WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THEREFORE SHE'S CHASED OTHER INTERESTS, THOUGH NONE-THE-LESS-DARING, BUT CLOSER TO THE GROUND, SUCH AS BELLY-DANCING, BECOMING A SELF-PROCLAIMED TEQUILA CONNOISSEUR, FULFILLING HER ROLE AS BIKER BABE TO HER ALPHA HUBBY AND SURVIVING TWINS, AND MOTHERHOOD (SO FAR).
PENNING STORIES BOASTING LAUGHTER, LIGHT SUSPENSE AND SOMETHING MAGICAL IN THE HOPE OF SHARING HER LOVE OF FINDING THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY WORLD.
Thanks Maureen for being here today, and since you asked... Here's what I was listening to while doing final edits on the last chapter of Avenge Her!
I won't tell you what was happening in the story though.
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