The Importance of Music in the Creative Process


Hello, guys! Assuming you read this later today – how did your day go?

Since we’re talking about music, we’re just going to dive into it. But please, before reading further, indulge yourself and turn on the melody you like so much!

Music is important to all us. It can change one’s mood in minutes. Whether you listen to it all day long thanks to your phone or you simply “shake it off” when you hear your song on the street, it doesn’t matter. Music has the power to change our day. Of course, I don’t exclude the classical/opera music, which isn’t suited for dancing (But what do I know? Do what you feel like!), but it’s so perfect when you want to relax or to only experiment something internally.

Today’s post is about the importance of music in the creative process. I know that people aren’t the same; in consequence “the creative process” it’s not the same. However, supposing there are more persons like me – who write with their headphones on – let’s discuss a little about how important a role the music plays.

Music changes your mood

Personally, I listen to whatever I like, but when I have to write a very dynamic scene (e.g. fight) or an emotional one (e.g. confession, death), I immediately switch to some songs that I know they cause me feels. It’s like sucked into the atmosphere creates around me and being set in the needed mood, I can write properly. Am I the only one?

Music makes your writing flow

Once in a while, I’d write without music –  not because I want to, but due to external factors. What I’ve observed is that the flow of my writing is better when I’m listening to music. I don’t know if it’s because I’m used to it, or because I find it energising, but my thoughts are better organised when I listen to the music. Thus, my flow improves. Not to mention that I don’t feel like taking breaks often when there’s my favourite song playing in the background.

Music is inspiring

Writer’s block. These are the two most hated words by writers. Of course, if you take any artist and associate his work and the “block”, he won’t be happy either. But I keep things simple and talk about what I know. Whenever I have this frustration because it seems I can’t write anything, I turn on music and close my eyes, letting the sensations it creates enter my being. Very often I find myself writing soon afterwards – sometimes continuing my work, other times only writing something. What is the aim of a writer, after all? To tell a story that makes on feel. I couldn’t do it without feeling something myself; music inspires me.

As you can note, music is essential for some in the creative process, including myself. For those of you who are experiencing some struggles with creating right now – and don’t already use music in their process – you should give it a go. At last, see if it fits your needs!

Also, how do you prefer working: with or without music? And how important do you think it is in the process?


One thought on “The Importance of Music in the Creative Process

  1. I found out that music helps me too while writing especially when am afraid for my character.not just in writing, music calms me down even in great nervous feelings

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