As a mom of four amazing kids, I often find myself in the midst of a diverse pallet of musical preference. Rap, check. Classical, check. Hip Hop, check. Praise and worship, check. Country, check. Pop, check. Jazz, check. And that is just the beginning.
This is where my life and writing world collide. Musical variety gets me into the mood to write different characters.
I often ask myself, “What is my character’s favorite type of music?”
Music tells us so much about the word choices a character might use, or what types of words move them. Before I starting writing in a certain character’s Point of View I listen to one of their favorite songs.
Okay, so I just made my character a living, breathing being. We do that all of the time anyway, right?
Here are a few characters that I am writing off my life’s experience right now.
This character loves sports, music, Shawn White and reading Shakespere. A contradiction of the unexpected.
Middle Aged Man with Brilliant Math Skills:
This character gets lost in thought about things so abstract some of us will never understand. He likes to escape into his world of knowledge, coming out to embrace the rest of the world on occasion.
An elementary aged girl with a love of art, friends, life, and her Jesus:
This character loves her friends and is fiercely loyal. A sweet spirit with a bit of sass.
Sometimes I listen to this before I write a scene that has a voice of truth moment for my character. What words would reach their heart? How would I get their heart in the right place to receive it?
Acapella brilliance with the Isaacs. Love the key changes!
Jamaican Praise Medley
Michael W. Smith
Elementary age boy genius with glasses and inventing skills:
Everything fast and loud is good for this character. He lives outside the box and moves to his own beat.
Elementary age boy with a crazy amazing sense of beat and brilliant sense of humor:
Dimpled grins, unexpected jokes, and an amazing intuitiveness that gives hugs at just the right moment.
Harried mom who loves everything from classical to Hip Hop, but at the end of a long day when everyone is in bed, she enjoys chilling to the soft sounds of jazz.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know my life a bit and how I incorporate that into my writing. I’d love to hear from you and what music prompts in your writing.
What’s your swag? What’s the music of your life and characters?