Wow! October is such a BUSY month! But so many cool things going on... not to mention the change in weather always seems to liven things up.
A HUGE thank you to Lydia Sharp for featuring my blog on her group Writing Mothers in the Writer's Digest Community. If you're a writing mom and are looking for some like-minded ladies, check out the group. Lydia also runs a super informative blog with lots of helpful writer info. Seriously, some of her posts have had me jotting notes.
There are also a couple of Halloween Horror writing contests going on, so if you need to step away from your WIP and refresh your brain with a quick but fun 1k word scary story, check out SA Larsen and
Hannah Kincade's blogs for details. Awesome prizes!
Speaking of Blogtober, you ever sit back and think about the whole blogosphere idea? I know I'm gonna sound like I've been out back smoking the wacky weed, but it's really amazing. I mean I can sit at my laptop and read blogs all day and never walk outside. I will have taken in so much info, met so many new bloggers, entered contests, shared stories, maybe even won some stuff. All without ever getting out of my seat.
Okay, so I'd never spend the entire day blogging... especially not in this weather, but if I let it, it could easily consume me. What blows my mind is that most of you and the other bloggers, I'll never even meet. You're just a floating photo with posted words that make up your personality. Huh.
Speaking of weather, it's so nice in Florida right now that the AC is off and the windows are open. The sky is so vividly blue it's hard to stop gazing at it. I adore this time of year and love driving with the windows down and music playing. Of course, it's usually only driving my kids to and from school, but hey, I'll take what I can get.
This morning I was thinking of music, and how it has such a dramatic effect on films in particular. There are some films out there that I truly love, and part of the reason I love them is because of their original score. My favorite writing music comes from original film scores. Without this music, these films would not be half of what they are. The way the composers nailed the feeling of the scenes is just baffling.
For example, some of my fave soundtracks are: Avatar, Stardust, LOTR, Braveheart, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ... Just to name a few. Sometimes in moments (or hours) of no inspiration, I listen to these soundtracks and find my muse. They're mostly instrumental so the imagination is carried by the sound.
Is your writing like this? Does it possess some kind of magical fluidity that transfixes the reader? We can't exactly add real music to our stories, but we can allow music to affect our words so that they're rich and meaningful and hypnotic.
What do you think? How does music affect your life or your writing?