Calliope Writing


Dig Those Tunes and Inspire Those Words

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I don’t think any writer could deny the impact music can have on his or her work.

The Romance with Music Begins…

In high school, I wrote a novel (don’t get excited–it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller), and I always had a certain type of music playing while I wrote it.

A sampling:

What can I say? It was the ’90s, and The Crow was the best movie of all time (and, arguably, still is). And the book I wrote involved devils, angels, romance, and hell. I may have been sixteen, but I was convinced I had the soul of a much older and wiser woman.

Oh, teenagers.

…And the Love for Music Continues…

In college, I wrote a semi-autobiographical story and incorporated music throughout the text. You’ll see what I mean best by reading the opening paragraph:

Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is screaming in my ears, and while Elton ponders raising children on Mars, I consider a more dire issue. I’m having an affair with my drug dealer. Or, more accurately, the drugs he provides.

Did I say it was autobiographical? Kidding. Totally kidding.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of the music featured in my never-seeing-the-light-of-day story:

…And My Affair with Music Obviously Continues…

Now, I have a ridiculous amount of music I turn to when I write, and it goes beyond The Crow soundtrack and Elton John.

Music Post Question

I’m so glad you asked.

Here are a few playlists I turn to when getting ready to face the dreaded blank Word document. I hope you find a few songs you love–and that get you writing.

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Tired of Talking Music?

Fine! Here’s some cool stuff I’ve come across over the past couple of weeks:

  • Someone has breathed fun into the dictionary and thesaurus with visuwords. Only visit if you’re ready to spend precious time playing around.
  • Writing the first draft is often the most difficult part of creating a finished work. Thankfully, Lara from write, edit, repeat has some tips on how to get it done like a boss.
  • “I love to read books, but I could never be a writer,” you say? WRONG! Daniel A. Roberts talks about the process of turning from reader into writer on A Writer’s Path.
  • The Kardashians threw a Great Gatsby-themed party. And they don’t seem to know why that’s silly. (I hope this is the only time I mention the word Kardashian on this blog.)
  • Having a hard time getting published? Buzzfeed has an informative guide on how to get your story or poem in a literary magazine. I’ll let you know if their advice works.
  • These major publishers are accepting unsolicited manuscripts (What what???).
  • Finally, check out “23 Ways to Uncover Your Inner Creative Badass” by Glory Begin. Good, good stuff.

Have any go-to artists or albums that you put on when it’s time to put pen to paper? Share them below–I’m always looking for killer music.


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Comment by Gmail

Ladies and gentlemen, the man I love.

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Comment by Katrina

You really want to know ? Mariachi! Ayayayay. I especially like to listen to Chris Pratt singing Paloma Curucucucu. Love it!

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Comment by Karina Pinella

YES! Awesome answer. I would never think to listen to mariachi while writing. You, my friend, are an enigma.

And Chris Pratt is da bomb.

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Comment by Katrina

Ayayayay. Paloma curucucucu . . .

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Comment by Karina Pinella

I love Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me!”…. Rachel Plattens’s “Fight Song”… Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata & Fifth Symphony… anything by Bruno Mars…Melissa Etheridge “I’m the Only One.”

Cool post! Thanks Karina. xo

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Comment by Poet Rummager

Sorry for the typo! *Katrina* xo

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Comment by Poet Rummager

Nice! Rachel Platten’s a new one for me–she has a pretty voice!

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Comment by Katrina

Patten is badass. You’d like her😘

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Comment by Poet Rummager

Oh it’s Patten? Apparently, I’ve renamed her Platten.

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Comment by Katrina

Move your body by Eiffel 65 is awesome! It’s quite old, but the tune has a cheery feel to it.

Have a great day!

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Comment by adam

Good one!

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Comment by Katrina

Thank you so much for sharing my work! That means a lot to me. And for the music finds. 🙂

Peace and light,

Allison

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Comment by Allison

Thank YOU for writing it! Have an awesome day.

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Comment by Katrina

You, too! ❤️

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Comment by Allison

Excellent collection of music, thank you!

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Comment by inesephoto

You’re so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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Comment by Katrina

I did enjoy and appreciate what you do.

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Comment by inesephoto

That really means a lot. 🙂

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