Monday, 16 April 2018

Write to Music, By Wendy H. Jones


For many years I worked in education as a lecturer in both nursing and teacher training. During this time I was fortunate to undertake training in NLP. This, amongst other things, opened me to the possibility of using music in different ways. 

What, I can hear you ask, has this got to do with writing? The answer is this, many studies have shown that music can have a profound effect on the brain. This can aid learning, alter mood and, in the case of the writer, provide the optimum state for writing. 

Think about your own music choices and how you feel when listening to them. Would you use stirring music for a romantic meal or romantic music to keep you awake on a long journey? 

So, back to writing. Music can be used to get you into the right state of mind for writing. I am currently using songs from the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’. This gets me pumped up and ready to take on the world. This is especially pertinent when writing fast paced crime books. 

Do you use music to help you write? If so it would be great if you could share in the comments how you do so. If not, why not give it a try today. 




About the Author

Wendy H Jones, President of the Scottish Association of Writers, is the Amazon Number 1 best-selling author of the award winning DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her first Young Adult Mystery, The Dagger’s Curse was a finalist in the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award. She is also an international public speaker, and runs conferences and workshops on writing, motivation and marketing. Wendy is the founder of Crime at the Castle, Scotland’s newest Crime Festival. She is also the editor of a Lent Book, published by the Association of Christian Writers.

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5 comments:

Susan Price said...

Wendy, what's NLP?
I seem to have fallen out of the habit, but used music to set the mood and help me write for years.
'The Border Ballads' and other folk songs for the Sterkarm books; a weird mix of Gregorian chant and improvised jazz for science-fiction; contemporary pop and rock for contemporary books.

Wendy Jones said...

NLP is Neuro Linguistic Prigramming

Umberto Tosi said...

I agree. If music be the food of words, play on, in this case. Being from a music family, however, it can go one way or another for me. I enter the music more often than riding upon its waves, in which case I cease writing altogether. But that can be inspirational in the long run. Food for thought anyway. Thank you.

Bill Kirton said...

I love music - of all sorts - but I've never used it to help with my writing. On the contrary, I need total silence. But I'll give it a try. Perhaps a longish walk listening to something on the MP3 player, then settle down in silence at the keyboard and hope there's some residual effect lingering. (But I suspect the walk would simply become a displacement activity.)

Wendy Jones said...

You raise a good point there, Bill. However, exercise also helps the writing process, so a double whammy