By Nichole Giles
This week I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about music and the effect it has had on my life. I do everything by music, and every thought, emotion, action, inaction has a theme song in my mind. Every book I read, every major life event, every important or memorable moment has been assigned a musical theme.
Because it’s normal, right? Isn’t it? I thought so. Yeah.
So anyway, last weekend I attended a writer’s conference in Phoenix. I heard several speakers, learned many lessons, had a few ah-ha moments. You know, the usual. And then, during the last lecture of the day, Nancy Turner talked about overcoming writer's block and she said something that struck a chord in me. She said, “Everything has a theme song.” And she went on to explain that even if every scene in your book doesn’t have a theme song, at least every manuscript should have one in the mind of the author. A song that helps you get back into the theme of the book, the minds of the characters, the story itself.
Music is an expression of story, and story an extension of the music. So when Ms. Turner said that in conjunction with overcoming writer's block, I couldn’t help but grin. Okay, actually I almost laughed. But not at her, because the class was great. I was laughing at me because I could name titles and artists for certain scenes in all my works in progress, and even overall theme songs for entire novels. Talk about dorktacular.
Anyway, my point is, the next time you struggle with a writer’s block, try sifting through some mood music, and maybe even work on assigning the scene a song that will inspire you to keep going. It works. Trust me. I’ve been doing it for years.
Until next time, write (and rock) on!