For the past week I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with a blog for this month. And I’m drawing a blank. Yeah, I know, I’m a writer, words should just flow out like endless rain into a paper cup….oh, sorry…Across the Universe just popped into my head. That happens to me often lately, something or someone will trigger a song in my head and suddenly it’s musical theater in there. It’s not all bad though…unless it’s a song that drives you nuts (like CeeLo Green’s F U)…because music is one of those things that gets my muse dancing. And, if the muse is happy, the words start flowing. But for me, it’s not just any kind of music, it has to be something specific--a specific artist, a specific song. When I wrote my novel Forget Me Not, the only music I could write to was Garth Brooks and some Tim McGraw. I don’t know why but their music kept the scenes flowing. When I tried listening to them for my second book, it didn’t work. I had to pull out some different artists like Evanesence and Nickleback. My third book, the muse only wanted Sarah McLaughlin. I’m currently working on another paranormal romance and I’m having a little problem with pinpointing the music…although the Beatles Across the Universe does get the scenes moving a bit.
So, what about you? What do you gotta do for your muse to get him/her to work?