• Ashley Nicole

Less Common Writing Resources - Soundtracks

We've all heard of Grammarly or ProWritingAid or some other similar editing software, and we all watch the YouTube how-to-be-a-better-writer videos (Oh, just me?), and we've all read the writing craft books of the great successful authors. But did you know there are other resources out there that can not only help improve your writing but make it more realistic?

In today's blog I'm going to share one of my favorite writing resources that not everyone may use to its full potential. Over the next few weeks I will be covering the benefits of:


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Movie and Video Game Soundtracks




Isn't it crazy how you can be driving down the road listening to the radio and this song comes on that was played during one of your high school dances and you're instantly transported back? You remember the heat of the dimly lit gym from all the rapidly moving bodies. You remember you and your friends doing silly dances you made up over to the side where no one is really watching. You remember your first slow dance and how you were trying so hard not to step on their toes.

Music has the power to capture the imagination and thus your writing.

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Music with words is great! You can sing along and get in touch with the lyrics, but for writing I've found instrumental soundtracks are better. Music can help you focus but when there's lyrics sometimes you'll follow along with the words instead of writing your own.

Just like that song on the radio, soundtrack music can put you into moments too. Lately I've been writing a lot of action packed, intense scenes and I've been listening to The Last Of Us soundtrack which is from a zombie video game. It puts me into a dark, heavy mood for writing those types of scenes. If you just search your genre or the mood you're aiming for on YouTube you will find tons of playlists to help you write!

Would you like to try a cool writing exercise? Find an intense soundtrack and start writing whatever comes to mind. Write for 15 minutes or so. Next find a softer, romantic soundtrack and again write for about 15 minutes whatever pops into your head. Repeat this as many times as you wish with different mood music. After you're finished reread your pieces. You'll be shocked at how different they seem even though your personal mood hasn't changed. That is the power of music!

One last thing you can do with soundtracks and your writing is use it as promotion. How? As you're writing your novel, save the songs that you feel connect to your writing most in a playlist. Pick the specific ones that drive a scene. Once you're nearing publication share that playlist on your social medias as a teaser for your readers. This will give them a taste of your book without spoilers!

That's all for this post! I will be posting a new resource for this series every other week so I look forward to sharing more with you over the next few months!