Music Monday – The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicOver the weekend, I officially began working on my new novel. I didn’t make nearly as much progress as I’d hoped–mostly because I had to spend half my time getting in the right frame of mind. And by the right frame of mind, I mean silencing my sanity and letting my inner crazy come out.

To help draw out my “cuckoo” side, I listened to Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster”. It’s perfect inspiration for creating characters who are off their rocker.

1455059_10151680903516680_1810728555_nAs you might suspect, my favorite part of this song is its chorus. Simply put, it’s awesome. The lyrics capture the right message, tone, and feeling I’m striving for when developing insane protagonists.

I also like the lyrics because they can be taken multiple ways, depending on the story you’re writing. For example, during my last novel, my protagonist wasn’t crazy, but her actions could be considered crazy by those around her. To help me develop the scenes that addressed this conflict, I listened to “The Monster”.

1271dcf97be2015a102776f2ef08eb28So, if you’re looking for a song that inspires insanity of any kind, give “The Monster” a listen!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – Epiphany – Sweeney Todd

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

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This past weekend, a fellow writer reminded me how great the musical Sweeney Todd is…Well, disturbing and horrifying, but great, especially when you’re creating a story with disturbing and horrifying elements to it.

Anyway, as I listened to the Sweeney Todd soundtrack on my way to work this morning, I got stuck on one song in particular: “Epiphany”. Again and again I played it, obsessing over its gritty emotions: Rage, malice, revenge, sorrow…

514FLIPCJfLIn addition to its emotions, I find “Epiphany” inspiring because it takes me into the mind of a demented character–a twisted man so full of hate and vengeance, he becomes a ruthless murderer. Which is great!

And necessary.

As much as my imagination thinks it can create insane characters, I need songs like this to develop them properly. I can’t get to those dark places I need to go on my own.

Now, you might be wondering why I need to be listening to a song like this right now. Well, over the weekend, I made a difficult, but surprisingly, exciting decision. I’m not going to start the fourth draft of my YA novel right now. Instead, I’m going to focus on a new project–one that relates to a short story I wrote for an NYC Midnight Challenge. I plan to write a longer blog post to explain my decision, but for now, just know this course of action feels right and I’m really happy to take a step in a new direction. It’s been a long time coming.

Anyway, to get me started on this new novel, I’m creating a fresh “book playlist”. And–surprise, surprise–“Epiphany” will be on it.

So, if you’re looking for a gritty song that brings to life darker emotions, check out “Epiphany” from the musical, Sweeney Todd!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – Ghost – Ella Henderson

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicYes, I’m fully aware I’ve used “Ghost” as a previous Music Monday feature. But it was my number one inspiration this past weekend as I worked on my second round submission for the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2015, so I had to use it again!

20140430100120!Ella_Henderson_-_GhostLast Friday, I woke up and looked at my assigned genre for round two:

Ghost Story…Gag!

Although it wasn’t the worst genre I could’ve received, it was definitely on my “Do Not Want” list. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with a ghost story that’s original and surprising. Thankfully, on my way to work, I remembered I’d thought of a concept months before–a concept inspired by Ella Henderson’s “Ghost”.

I ended up watching the music video of “Ghost” over and over again while developing my story. I couldn’t help it. Every time I watched/listened to it, my foggy plot sharpened and my vague characters came to life. Between the imagery, the tone, and the lyrics, “Ghost” had everything I needed to get me motivated to write my story.

Each time that I think you go
I turn around and you’re creeping in
And I let you under my skin
‘Cause I love living in the sin

I highly recommend you watch/listen to “Ghost” by Ella Henderson. It’s great inspiration for all kinds of stories (not just ghost ones).

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – I Feel Everything – Idina Menzel

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicSo, I haven’t been doing a ton of writing the past week. I’ve been mostly reading and critiquing stories on the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge forum.

However, after watching Idina Menzel perform the National Anthem last night during the Super Bowl, I decided to share one of my favorite songs of hers. For years, “I Feel Everything” has been on almost every “book” playlist I’ve created. No matter what story I’m living in, this song inspires me.

*A funny/ironic side note: This morning, while writing this post, I got a notification that Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter. After an “OMG!” fangirl moment, I almost deleted what I’d written and chose a different song. But then I thought, “Yeah, like Taye Diggs is going to 1) visit your blog and read this post and 2) care you chose one of his ex-wife’s songs to spotlight.” And if he does…er…sorry! I’m too swamped to start over with a different song–ha! Plus, I love “I Feel Everything” and I want to share it with you. 

41TUgArKtyL“I Feel Everything” is brimming with emotion and power. In fact, whenever I’m writing a scene that revolves around rage, revenge, or a big fight, I’ll blast this song (usually a few times in a row). It’s one of those songs where the more you listen to it, the more it moves you.

And, of course, the lyrics are amazing and always give me something to use to add depth to a plot or character.

When you can’t be touched
When you can’t be loved
When you fall apart
When you have no heart
I feel everything

Idina_Menzel_general_6_credit_Robin_WongSo, if you’re looking for “one of those songs” that always lends inspiration, check out “I Feel Everything” by Idina Menzel!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – Shatter Me – Lzzy Hale and Lindsey Stirling

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicWell, after a couple of crazy months of writing, I’m finally returning to a semi-normal blog schedule.

I apologize for being AWOL the past couple of weeks. It’s been a little rough…But, more about that later. Let’s hop into today’s Music Monday!

So, last week I participated in the first round of the Short Story Challenge 2015. As usual, it was a tough experience, but a good one. I’ll be sharing more about it in a post tomorrow. Today, I want to share a song that helped motivate me while working on my story for the contest.

While struggling through my first draft, I took a break and pulled up YouTube in hopes of finding some much needed inspiration. And I did when “Shatter Me” featuring Lzzy Hale and Lindsey Stirling popped up.

LindseyStirlingShatterMeCD-1The moment this music video began playing, I was infatuated with it. The imagery, tone, and words were exactly what I needed to see/hear to give my lagging story a swift kick in the rear.

Not only did “Shatter Me” help me tap into the raw emotions of my characters (anger, resentment, fear, sorrow), but it sparked my imagination with its amazing music video. I loved the shattering theme. It gave me some great ideas for my horror story’s morbid journey.

And, of course, “Shatter Me” has amazing lyrics with the power to inspire all kinds of emotions and ideas.

I pirouette in the dark
I see the stars through a mirror
Tired mechanical heart
Beats ’til the song disappears

So, if your story needs a swift kick in the rear like mine did, or you’re just looking for a great song, check out “Shatter Me” with Lzzy Hale and Lindsey Stirling.

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – Superheroes – The Script

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicA few weeks ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to a song that has quickly become one of my new favorites: “Superheroes” by The Script.

So, if you haven’t noticed from some of my other Music Monday features, I tend to put my characters through the ringer: Betrayal. Doubt. Loss. I force them to experience the lowest of lows so they can then question whether their hearts, minds, and wills are strong enough to survive life’s curveballs.

That’s why I love “Superheroes”. It inspires the emotions my characters need to feel when dealing with the cruelties I toss in their paths: Determination. Hope. Tenacity.

484887857_640Simply put, the lyrics in this song are amazing. And they’re beyond motivating to listen to as I write those chapters where my characters must pick themselves up and dust themselves off.

She’s got lions in her heart
A fire in her soul
He’s a got a beast in his belly
That’s so hard to control
‘Cause they’ve taken too much hits
Taking blow by blow
Now light a match, stand back, watch them explode

So, if you’re like me, and you need a song to help boost your characters after you’ve thrown them for a loop, then check out “Superheroes” by The Script!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Music Monday – Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicI know it’s Tuesday, but I was sick yesterday, so I’m going to pretend today is Monday for the sake of this post 😉

The past couple of days, I’ve been hooked on the classic “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence+Clearwater+Revival+CCRWhen I create my playlist(s) for my stories, I tend to add songs that my characters would listen to. Why? Because it helps me develop them better. When I listen to their music, it helps me understand who they are and what their tone, attitude, and characteristics are. And “Bad Moon Rising” happens to be one of my protagonists’ favorite songs.

ee06b9e2c1109158f92fdec1901b277cI also enjoy this song because it’s a fun one to listen to when writing suspense or horror. “Bad Moon Rising” is all about disaster and mayhem, and I’ll admit, those elements often appear in my stories.

I hear hurricanes a blowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

So, check out “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival to see if it inspires you!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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