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“Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen
I have been wanting to set up a post about using music influencing creativity for some time. Music is great for inspiration… Music is almost always playing while I write. The type of music depends of the mood of the story. I even have entire playlists arranged for the different character’s in the blood Inheritance Quartet.
These playlists become especially useful when it comes time to edit, I find the best way to get quickly into my characters heads is to play songs that remind me of each one.
Of course I wouldn’t want to give away to many hints at the future so the following list is kind of random.
“Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson
Fifteen Of The Songs From My Playlists For: The Blood Inheritance Quartet
Sucker for pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors
The Resisttance – Skillet
Masterpiece – Jessie J
The Sound of Silence -Disturbed
Girl on fire – Alicia Keys
River – Bishop Briggs
Mermaid – Skott
Rise up – Andra Day
One more light – Lincoln park
Moonlight -Grace Vanderwaal
Arms – Christina Perri
Dark side – Kelly Clarkson
Burn – Ellie Goulding
Roses – The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)
“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot
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Fuel Your Inspiration, Emotions And Creativity Through The Proven Power Of Music
Music can help you overcome writer’s block if only you can determine the right tracks that can drive your right emotions and bring back that writer’s feel!
Searching for inspiration can be a problem as a writer when you don’t know where to look. This can give rise to a situation, popularly called writer’s block where you are deprived of ideas, and a feeling of intimidation starts to overcome you. Writer’s block is a problem that every creative person has encountered at some point. It’s frustrating, depressing, and just a bad time for any of us creative folk. This is a time when we are looking at things that can inspire us and overcome that imaginary creative wall that is threatening to waste your good work. Yes, it’s time to look for some inspiration!
For some, inspiration comes from imagery, settings, and relaxation. But many writers have frequently found music to be the perfect remedy to their writer’s block. Even studies have shown that music affects our brain and can bring out different emotions in each human. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only classical music that can fuel your inspiration but any kind of music that you find appealing. So how can you use music to inspire creativity within your writing and give a sense of coherency to your scattered ideas? Let’s take a look at how music can impact a human mind and bring out the right mix of emotions and feelings for you!
Music Can Increase Your Focus
Sometimes, music can be more distracting than the silence itself. This is especially true for someone who grew up in a home with a lot of noise and is used to running. For these select few, music becomes a necessity rather than the luxury, as it gives you a sense of normalcy when you write.
Music Can Lift Your Mood
Whether you are writing stories or articles, getting into the right mood is paramount if you’re looking for great content. If you are in a funk, it will show in your choice of words. This is why “being in the mood to write” is the most important factor for any writer. So, put on your favorite mp3 songs and liven up your damp mood if you’re looking to create something worthwhile.
Music Can Inspire You
Have you ever found the lyrics of the song resonating with you at some point? Yes, the stories told through music can help us think of ways to enhance our own creativity. There have numerous instances of writers creating scenes based on the words of a song they were listening to. These words can create an aura if you just know what tracks or albums to put on!
Music Can Bring Emotion
Ever cried after listening to a song? Music brings out a feeling inside us that can be transferred directly to the paper. Put on an angry song if you are writing a war story, put on a love song for romantic tales, or turn up the volume and listen to a melody that brings out the right emotion in you. Some people can’t simply tune into different moods at will; this is where a CD player may come handy!
Music Acts As A Powerful Anchor For You
Music has the ability to conjure images and feelings that may not be necessarily directly reflected in memory. While this phenomenon remains a mystery, the right music can act as a stimulus and bring back long lost memories that trigger certain feelings. The reason behind this has been strongly tied to the various theories, which have been linked to synesthesia.
Every music has its own subtle violations of timings, and because none of us perceives music as particularly threatening, these violations can sometimes be identified by the frontal lobes as a source of pleasure. The expectation builds towards anticipation which results in a reward reaction. Sounds absurd? Just give it a try!
Music Can Shift Brain Regions Involved In Planning, Attention & Memory
So how is it that a writer can feel so inspired after listening to a particular set of music?
Actually, it has been scientifically proven that your brain waves are indeed affected by the kind of music you’re listening to. For example, on an ordinary day, your brain produces beta waves between 14 and 20 hertz, which are then heightened to alpha waves that are between 8 and 13 hertz if you start listening to music that has a pulse of 60 beats or more. There is a reason you’re advised to listen to audio at low volume; it will not only damage your eardrums but also send your brain waves soaring!
There have been cases where music has been used to treat patients by triggering the right brainwave. One study conducted in 2013 by researchers from Korea, for example, found that stroke patients who developed communication problems after suffering from a stroke demonstrated improved language ability following one month of neurological music therapy.
If used the right way, Music can be much more than just a source of entertainment and fun. When used correctly, it can help you tap into the deep reserves of your memory and bring out the right emotions to drive your creativity. So, the next time you want to feel inspired to complete your novels, articles, scripts and other forms of content, and come out of the writer’s block, get started by selecting the right music for different moods and emotions. Create a few dedicated CDs to bring out the particular emotions you want to instill in your writing.
Hopefully, now that you have got a bit of insight on how music can be used for your creativity as a writer, you will figure out a way to make it work. So, give music a try to see if it can help you get through writers’ block the next time it occurs!
By Ken Stark
Something is wrong in Arcadia Falls.
The first boy vanished without a trace and with just as little fanfare. Even the second disappearance amounted to little more than a few passing remarks and another name skipped over in the classroom roll call. As far as Riverside High and the rest of Arcadia Falls were concerned, it seemed, it was as if nothing had happened at all.
Tyler John was no different. He had barely given the matter a second thought, but then a wrong turn sent him on a path straight into the dark heart of the mystery, and the deeper he peered into the shadows, the more he realized that something was looking back.
Now, the hunter has become the hunted and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, it’s up to Tyler and his handful of friends to stop the evil thing that’s been preying on Arcadia Falls, and if they fail, they might just be the next ones to vanish.
Yes, something is desperately wrong in Arcadia Falls, and it’s like nothing anyone has ever seen before.
By M. Ainihi
When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death. Amanda’s life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying reality.
Rise is a fast-paced (standalone) introductory novel to an alternate world where mundane humans are oblivious to the existence of the realms that separate them from other magical races.
When she feels, the darkness closing in around her, Amanda is not sure if she can hold onto a single speck of light, and soon she comes to understand that some secrets are better left buried.
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