Image via WikipediaWhen it comes right down to it, words are just words, and I know many of you out there write many things other than novels: poetry, flash fiction, short stories, non-fiction. Even reports, documentation and marketing copy in the boring day jobs!
So are there any lyrics writers out there?
I have to confess I haven't written a song for a while. But in the dim distant reaches of my past, I was a cellist, and the musical side of me is still tucked away in the creative consciousness somewhere. Dormant, but still there.
Every so often I'll be listening to a song, humming along, and a few notes will suggest themselves to me...or a couple of words will pop into my mind and a new song idea is born. I did at one point get myself a special book for my jottings - it has the stave lines marked on half the pages, though I have to confess that after all this time my music notation is extremely marginal, and nobody would be able to interpret my tunes but me.
When my daughter was born, I even composed a couple of lullabys for her. Pretty gushy stuff, but new motherhood can do that to you.
Song lyrics rely heavily on rhythm and sometimes rhyme too to engage the listener, and the best song lyrics are wonderful pieces of poetry in their own right. But I have the impression that often, the worlds of music and literature don't directly intersect. Certainly, I haven't heard of many famous song writers who are also novelists.
Is the reverse true too? Are you ever inspired to follow your words and ideas wherever they take you, whether it be to write a poem, a song, a short story or entire novel?
In a related question - many writers find music inspires the writing process, and in the last few years it's even become quite, shall we say, fashionable to publish a 'play list' to accompany a novel; theoretically, music which inspires the right mood, and which the author listened to while writing.
Is music important to your creative process? If so, what kind? Or do you write to the sound of children screaming and household chaos? Or in complete silence?
Personally, I'm not too fussy. I've managed with all three scenarios, necessity being the mother of invention. But sometimes I'd kill for the third...