The Importance of Music in the Creative Process

Hello, guys! Assuming you read later in the day — 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 song you like so much! It’s going to take you only a few seconds, right?

Music is important to all us. Whether we listen to it at a party or by ourselves, it can change anyone’s mood in minutes — even faster, actually. 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 experience 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 people like me — who write with their headphones on — let’s discuss a little about how important a role the music plays.

I hope this post can make you see how music could help you when you’re having a hard time writing.

1. 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 “give me feels.” It’s like I get sucked into the atmosphere created around me and being set in the needed mood, I can write properly. Am I the only one? I doubt it.

I want to emphasise that it is very important that you pick songs that you like, but which fit the scene you want to write. If you want to write a sad scene, it might actually be harder doing that while listening to funky, cheerful songs.

This is only my theory, but I think music triggers certain memories that we associate with the lyrics, and even if we get them just in flashes, the heart is almost hit by a “wave of emotion.” Or maybe I don’t know what I’m saying and I’m a weirdo. Good thing I appreciate this stuff, right?

2. 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 noticed 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. I don’t find it as hard to find my words, to combine scenes, to write descriptions or dialogue. And the writing doesn’t seem “forced.”Not to mention that I don’t feel like taking breaks often when there’s my favourite song playing in the background.

Not to mention that I don’t feel like taking breaks as often when there’s my favourite song playing in the background. I actually find myself closing my eyes for a few moments, humming the rhythm and getting back to writing.

However, I don’t suggest using it while editing. You can read more about that HERE.

3. 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 one feel. I couldn’t do it without feeling something myself; music inspires me.

Also, if you feel like you need some more inspiration, you might want to check out THIS post.

As you can see, 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! I would love to hear about your experience and what songs you’re listening to.

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

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2 thoughts 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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  2. […] Although I’ve acknowledged the importance of music in the creative process (HERE), I advise you to keep it to a […]

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