Recently, a crit partner was reading my revisions when she emailed me. "I was reading some Shaedes and Ravel's "Bolero" fits Xander, musically speaking. It's just so full of itself and even, perfect rhythm."
Now for those of you who don't know--which is everyone :)--Xander is an over the top, full of himself character in my novel Shaedes of Gray. I reflected on my friend's comment and thought, Wow. That piece of music is TOTALLY him. She sent me a link to the piece and as I listened, eyes closed, I couldn't help but smile. "Regal and seductive," she said. Oh ya. That was Xander to a tee.
I've posted before about music and inspiration. For a writer the two go hand in hand. Playlists are a norm in YA right now, and as an adult writer, I envy YA writers that they get the extra attention of showcasing the music that inspires them. My crit partner Sarah has corresponding playlists with her novel and my other partner, Suzanne (who writes adult as well as dabbles in YA) has incorporated the music of the 80's (Zepplin and The Runaways just to name a couple) into hers. And though I don't have a particular song or piece of music to correspond to each chapter, I did include a link to playlists on my website. The songs I listened to while writing helped me channel the emotions I needed to set up a scene or had lyrics that spoke to me. Like I've said before, I'm a sucker for 90's alternative. Give me an angsty, gravelly-voiced guy with greasing-looking hair and I'm gone! But classical music as well, has fueled my creativity in a way that no other music can. The emotions conveyed in classical pieces (Vivaldi, Brahms, Mozart, just to name some of my favs) have no rival. I could write all day with the right crescendo to guide me.
What do you listen to for inspiration? Do you include your playlists on your blog/website? Are you a YA author bent on discovering the next big thing in music? Or are you an adult writer like me, wishing your playlists had their own page at the back of your book?