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The Sound of Writing

I don’t always listen to music while I write, but I often get inspiration from it. I’ll be sitting in my car listening to the radio or a CD, and either the music or the lyrics or both will give me an idea that I’ll start to work on in my mind, and by the time I sit down at my computer, it’s ready to flow straight from my fingers. Once I figured out that my chapter for this book was going to be dark, I put together a CD of songs I had that fit the mood. I listened to the CD at least once a day, and it gave me all the ideas I needed to fill out my chapter. I called the CD “Cool Darkness.”

Here’s a sample of some of the songs that gave me my inspiration:

  • Veteran of the Psychic Wars – Blue Oyster Cult
  • All Along the Watchtower – Bear McCreary/written by Bob Dylan (from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack)
  • Disciples of the Watch – Testament
  • On the Dark Side – John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band (from Eddie and the Cruisers)
  • Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
  • Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford
  • Holy Diver – Ronnie James Dio
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC
  • Joey –  Concrete Blonde (acoustic version)
  • The World I Know – Collective Soul
  • Put Your Lights On – Santana with Everlast
  • Daughter (Live Version) – Pearl Jam
  • Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

It’s a pretty eclectic mix, but they have a certain darkness about them that served me well when trying to come up with ideas for my story. If you’ve never done it, try it sometime.

~cvalin

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