Maybe you’re not quite sure about the setting, or the dialogue, or the tone etc. Or — maybe you just need a fast and simple strategy to get a fast creativity boost.
It’s a strategy that I once used off and on for years, but began using it ALL the time after (former) writing partners Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman revealed that they use the same tactics to create their blockbuster screenplays. There’s three easy steps:
- First, download Spotify or any other streaming music service with a ton of tracks.
- Then — create a playlist and create a SCORE for whatever you’re writing.
- Listen to your score while writing.
Seriously, it works. If you’re writing a piece of short fiction, find a song or two that embodies the mood you want to convey. Same thing goes if you’re creating a piece of marketing collateral. If you’re writing something a bit more long-form–like a novel or screenplay–carefully craft your score. Choose a number of motifs, songs that you’ll listen to when writing certain kinds of scenes. For example, when writing my latest screenplay, Junkyard Gods, any “touching, yet melancholy” scene between the two leads, I’d listen to “Dejenme Llorar,” by Carla Morrison. For the REALLY deep scenes between the protagonist and her father, I’d listen to “Xibalba,” by Kronos Quarter (from the score for The Fountain). For action sequences, I’d use something like… “What Are You Going to Do When You’re Not Saving the World,” from Man of Steel. And finally, for really tense action sequences, I’d play “No Time for Caution,” (arguably the best song) from the Interstellar soundtrack. Most of the time, I’d put the song on repeat until I finished the scene, then moved on to the next song. Very rarely do I write without having a song playing.
Have fun and take your time when creating your scores. The more effort you put into it, the better the creative boost — and the better the end product!
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