When I was writing Book 1, I listened to Coldplay, The Killers, and Muse and they inspired me to write. My characters came to life with their music. I got lost in my story whenever I heard their music (once I even missed my turnoff for work). So I associated their music to Book 1 (and 2 – since it’s the sequel and has the same characters).
So when I started Book 3, I listened to other groups. Found some I really like (Arcade Fire, Anberlin, Mumford & Sons, to name a few). But today I played Coldplay on my drive into work, because it had been awhile since I just listened to their albums (and I have them all – I love being able to play my iPod in my car) and all of a sudden I got lost in my story. And it wasn’t Book 1. It was Book 3!
I have no idea what it is about them that inspires me, but whatever it is, I love it. And I think I’ll be listening to them until I get the book finished (which I can see happening this week – provided I get time to write).
Does music inspire you? Do you find you get lost in your story (or figure out how to write a scene) when you listen to a particular group or song? I think music will always do it for me. I may not always write to music, but it certainly helps me while I’m brainstorming!