I’ve discussed writing and music with many other authors, including Jacob Cooper and Jonathan Renshaw, both of whom have a background in music. All of us have our own approaches to external stimuli when writing, but for me, I have to have music when I write. It’s like it fires up my mind and gets my imagination going or at least always me to focus on my writing. Without the music, I don’t feel the words. Right now, I’ve been getting into modern bluegrass. I’ve been binge-watching Hart of Dixie, a show I never watched when it aired and wish I had (another post on that some other time). Anyway, they have some great bluegrass-country bands on that show and wonderful music. I’m slowly collecting the songs from the show on iTunes.
But during the writing of The Castes and the OutCastes, when I’m in a rut i.e. having trouble getting the writing going-surfing the web is such a time waster, but it’s also so much easier than writing-I keep swinging back to Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains. I liked that album when it first came out, but it was a ‘meh’ kind of like. Now, it’s probably my favorite album from that era. Well, that and Superunknown by Soundgarden.