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Musical Muse-What music does for your writing.

Musical Muse Music guides my mood. Always has, always will. After fifteen years of teaching, it is prevalent in much of the teens of today too. I’ve even gone so far as to test different music selections on free writing days to see what kind of results it gets. It’s a fun test of the minds and warrants so many different possibilities. Fast, dramatic “car chase” music as I call it, will most often result in the guys typing ninety to nothing. Turn on a little Titanic, the soundtrack, in the background and the girls get dreamy and the ideas start flowing. As with me, it depends of the part of the story I’m typing at the moment as to what playlist I download to play. Some music apps even have premade lists that get the ideas flowing and often I find a song to add to another playlist. A character’s traits and demeanor sometimes play into the list chosen. What about the finale? Like a good drama on television, the music picks up, you edge to the corner of the sofa, your eyes refuse to blink until the moment you’ve waited for booms across your surround sound. That’s what music does to a story on the pages of a book. So why not play music when you write…or read your favorite book? Pick a tempo that fits with the plot at each given moment or chapter in a book and try it.