Movies aren’t the only story medium with soundtracks. More books are having official or unofficial soundtracks. Authors and readers alike compile songs that go with the story.
Sometimes there’s one song, sometimes multiple. Sometimes for different scenes, sometimes for different characters.
Many authors need to listen to music while writing – sometimes this is just music in general, but sometimes the author finds a specific song to fit the mood of the section they’re writing.
There’s no doubt about it, music inspires story. In fact, art inspires art – no matter the medium. Books, movie, visual art, dance, music. They all bring inspiration for the others.
I don’t always write to music, but I do frequently hear a song and think of how it fits with my story.
If my protagonist, Julia Trencher, were a singer, I’m sure she would have sung this song. “Human” by Christina Perri.
What About You?
If you’re a writer, what songs have inspired your writing? If you’re a reader, what songs remind you of a favorite story? How does music play into story for you? Do any of your favorite books have a soundtrack?