I run around my house, jumping up and down and belting words at the top of my lungs. Singing. Dancing. Feeling joy. And cleaning.
The tunes, those fabulous, heart-pounding and emotion-stirring songs from The Greatest Showman help me Come Alive (see what I did there?). I pick up a doll that was neglected by its two-year-old and sing the first song on the track. I pound my feet, my mother fat dancing with me (Yes, I do have some, but let’s face it, don’t most of us?).
The second song plays, slow, sweet, aching for love as I put away the clean dishes, the spoon becoming a temporary microphone.
My daughter joins me.
She can’t hear the music because of the headphones but smiles at my poor singing and giggles as I swing and hug her as my favorite song plays, Never Enough.
I press the button to brew a fresh pot of coffee as This is Me starts to play. I am energized, feeling like I can take on the world, and proud that I am who I am, love handles and all.
And most of all, I am finally ready to write.
Effects of Music on Your Body
How about you?
How do you feel when you listen to a sad song? Down. Moody? Tear up? How about inspirational songs? Are you then ready to take on the world?
According to Healthline.com
“A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks.”
Not only will you gain a better outlook on life, but possibly improve your writing. Music affects the way you feel and when you feel strong emotions, so do your readers.
Music Can be a Powerful Muse
Have you ever listened to a song and thought that would make a great story?
There have been times while listening to Pentatonix when a dystopian short story filled with apocalyptic bombs and twin sisters sprang to mind. While that story isn’t finished I did write another one about music and entered it in a writing contest a couple years ago. My first one ever.
And it won.
The muse is a wonderful thing and lives in music notes and lyrics. Let the muse sing to you.
Why You Need Music to Write
I know it can be hard to write or read with music playing. I used to never be able to listen to it and work because I found the words distracting and couldn’t focus well.
And that’s okay. You don’t really need it as you type; there are other ways.
1. Listen to Music Before You Write
You can be like I was, a crazy, joyful person living in the moment. My mood was a good as a kid on a sugar high after their first taste of cotton candy. This mood sincerely helped me get out the words. For a minute I let go, just like the snow queen Elsa says to do.
2. Play Music Without Words
Writing words while listening to words can be too much. I get that. So find instrumental music or classical songs. It can have the same effect on your body as those with amazing lyrics.
3. Turn it on in Another Room
Maybe if it’s quieter, the music won’t distract you as much yet still give the benefits. Bonus, if you have kids turn on music they enjoy, like the soundtrack from Trolls. They can have a dance party, you will have a moment to write and peek at their smiling faces.
Want to create a specific powerful emotion while you write? This can either be for fiction or articles, doesn’t matter. Listen to the mood you’re trying to instill in your reader.
Want your reader cry? Listen to that one (or many) songs that brings tears to your eyes.
Need them to feel anger, rebellious and ready to fight the dystopian society? Turn on music that makes you want to raise your own fist with vengeance.
Or you can be like me and listen to something that inspires you. I hope you are as inspired as I am. I hope you know that you can do it. You can be a fantastic writer.
And music can help. Just as it is helping me.
My music is still playing, covering the sound of my tapping fingers. Man, I can’t remember the last time I typed with such happy speed.
And now it’s your turn.