Hopefully, you’re one of the lucky ones whose imagination explodes into vivid motion picture when you hear good music. Everyone has their own kind of music with which this “works,” so if you’re one of these fortunate souls, please tell me what you’re listening to in the comments section below.
Music is an integral part of my process. When I hear it, especially songs with a lot of atmosphere, I see disconnected scenes. I call these scenes set pieces because they are emotionally charged whirlwinds of narration that accelerate the plot. Here, I become my characters for the first time and then build a story around them including an immersive setting and conflict.
Well, these are the first steps at least. By the time I’m finished with a story, it may look a bit different than the original idea (rewritten and revised TO DEATH), but the spirit of these set pieces stays in tact. I keep in touch with a handful of anchor songs as I write, and it’s fun to return to them when I’m finished, reflecting on how much the narrative changed after being stapled down by details.
Does your imagination that move to music?
Michelle Joyce Bond