muse

Seducing the Muse (Part Two)

Sounds

Many writers listen to music when they write.  The choice, of course, varies with the individual.  Some people prefer soothing, classical music in the background.  Others like the quick tempo of some celtc or the hard–driving beat of rock.
One thing that has worked well for me on occassion was to match the mood of the music to the mood I was trying to create in a given scene.  (I’m particularly fond of the William Tell Overture for action scenes.)  Another technique is to play the music that your character would listen to.  Just figuring out your character’s musical preferences can be a great way to get inside a character’s head. Continue reading

Seducing the Muse: Using the Five Senses (Part One)

The muse is a fickle thing, and a good writer, like a good lover, knows how to use all five senses to seduce him or her (I do not presume to know the gender of anyone else’s muse). Continue reading