Writing is a creative process that pours out of us and onto the page. But what we bring to the page is essential to how the words shape and form. If I am in a happy mood, I am more likely to pick words that sound light. It will also make it more difficult to translate what the character is feeling in a sad scene.
There are many different ways to help you get in the mood for a scene. Some of my favorite ways are through sound. Sound has the ability to land us right smack in the middle of what we are writing. It transports us into the emotions we are trying to connect with that our character is experiencing. It is one of the reasons movies have wonderful music and sound effects.
Try watching a suspenseful scene in a movie and turn off the sound. Notice how much the mood is lightened by just taking out the sound. Movie producers know how to build the tension in a movie and the mood through sound.
3 Tips To Creating Mood In Your Scenes Through Sound:
*Listen to mood music before and during scene writing. As you feel the music you can begin to imagine your character in their environment and what they are experiencing. It makes you notice the elevated heart rate, the shift between deadly soft fear and the climax of running from a predator. Here are a few music samples I like to write to:
Emotional Sad Music:
Wonder – Discovery / Happy Picnic Type Day:
*Listen To Inspirational Speech Clips To Help You Put Your Character In The Right Frame Of Mind. If you are wanting to show your character as heroic and they are going to face odds that are difficult to overcome, it might help to watch a speech clip that builds courage. As you listen to a speech think of the words that are used and how they make you feel. Try applying some of the techniques to your dialogue and character reactions. Some speeches I use:
For Inspiration To Go To Battle:
Challenging The Status Quo:
Happiness/New found Success:
*Listen to Weather or Setting Music To Help You Transport To The Place Your Character Is In. This often helps me to remember sensory details to add to my scene.
Sounds of the City:
Sounds of the Countryside: