I struggle to evoke emotion on the page. To help overcome that weakness, I write to music. Of course, it all depends on the characters, the scene, and what exactly I’m trying to accomplish, but I thought I’d share some favorites on my playlist.
My new favorite, which I recently shared with my critique group, comes from a video game, of all places. From Past to Present – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Original Game Soundtrack . As I told my critique partners, this is the tone I want to establish when I work on my epic fantasy.
I love Alpha males, and when I need some bad ass male angst, I dig Daft Punk TRON Legacy – The Game Has Changed.
What do I listen to when I need to write my hero in emotional pain? A local band from Baytown, TX called Saturate, Soul Element.
Epic struggle – The Last of the Mohicans Theme, Promontory by Trevor Jones.
Heroine angst – Evanescence – Bring Me To Life.
Beauty – Afer Ventus by Enya.
Proud heroine sending her hero off to war – Now We Are Free – Gladiator theme.
War – John Williams, Braveheart Theme.
You can find some really good playlists on YouTube. Here’s one I like, World’s Most Emotional Music | 2-Hours Epic Music Mix – Vol.1.
And then of course, you can build your own channels on Pandora. I like Lindsey Sterling. Her channel introduced me to all kind of cool new artists like Black Mill – great for techno – and Audiomachine.
I know some folks don’t like writing to music, but I’ve often found that as I’m tip tapping away, the right song for the right moment just seems to come along – too often to be chalked up to coincidence. I like to think of it as the Writing Muses working in tandem with the Music Muses.
For those of you who also write to music, I’d love for you share what you use to evoke emotion on the page.
Lorinda Peake wrote her first ditty when she was ten on an English seashore while visiting her British grandmother. From then on, her family either acted in or were treated to plays, skits, or commercial spoofs. In school, she wrote poetry, fables and short stories.
Years later, she tossed down a particularly bad novel and thought, “I could do at least that well.” She’s been pursuing the elusive published novel ever since. Recently, she joined a group of fellow writers who decided to cajole, bully, encourage, and sometimes baby each other along towards the publishing goal by setting real and measurable writing objectives with “motivational” consequences for non-attainment.
Lorinda loves a good romance – all the more if it is wrapped in a great fantasy setting. She lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with her husband of 34 years.