Musing over Music

We all have our muses, whether they be our own lives, mythology, or other works of fiction. One of my own most powerful ones is music.

As a musician myself, I am often hyperconscious whenever a song is being played over the radio or on my phone. While I am aware of the words, I tend to pay more attention to the notes that the vocalist is singing and the instrumental supporting those notes. My director often says that the singer and/or the melody parts are the icings atop the musical cake, and the rest of the ensemble play various levels of support, whether it be counter-melody or background. As a trumpet player, I often have the melody more often than the others in my ensemble, which consists mostly of saxophone players, but tend to switch easily to other parts as well.

However, I am sometimes stopped dead in my tracks over the lyrics of particular songs. When I am listening to the words of some songs, I am struck by the visual imagery that they can create, and the deeper layers added to that imagery by the instrumental beneath those words. While writing a piece for my first rotation turn on The Sisters of the Pen, I decided to take advantage of one of these instances.

Twin Skeletons by Fall Out Boy is a song that has always struck me as important to my own creativity. In my mind, it’s a very contemporary Gothic piece, and has just the right amount of creep factors. As someone who spends a lot of time within the contemporary Gothic genre, I found it an immense help in writing the piece.

What are some of your thoughts on music and writing? I think they can stick together like the perfect Oreo, or sometimes fall flat like an untuned instrument. It depends on the person, I suppose, as well as the type of music and writing being done.

Best wishes,

Skyler

The NaNo Navigator- NaNo Prep

For today’s “Writer’s Journey,” I decided to talk about NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I want to start a sort of series within a series where I log my progress and try to offer support during the challenge to anyone who needs it.

NaNoWriMo is a type of competition against yourself, Continue reading “The NaNo Navigator- NaNo Prep”

Body Language: An Artistic Writing Tool

Here is a great list of ways to show emotion through body language in writing!

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Sharla Rae

Have you ever people-watched and tried to guess by facial expressions and body movements what people are feeling or thinking?

This non-verbal communication of emotion, state of mind or state of physical well-being is known as body language.

Body Language is one of the most artistic and useful tools in the writing craft.

The art:

Writers paint word visuals of a character’s movements in the reader’s mind and this art  is crucial in making our characters look and act like real people rather than stick characters moving around on the page.

The tools:

I demonstrated how to use body language as a tool to eliminate clunky saidisms in my blog, “Dialogue Tags: How To Kill Some Of The Little Buggers,– showing who’s speaking rather than telling.

Body language may also be used to set the tone or atmosphere in a scene. Example: A character…

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