Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group--Learning from my muse.

Holy cow! Two years?! Seriously? I still can't believe it! I have to say thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting and commenting and organizing and . . . you get the idea. Writers need all the support they can get. I know I do. It's nice to be heard and to listen as well as get some advice.
So thank you again, Alex.


With that being said, I want to talk about muses. I don't mean the band, Muse. Although, they are quite good. I'm talking about that thing that keeps you going and inspires. Ahhh. That's it, soak it in. Your mind is spinning isn't it? I've said in the past that my muse is music. I can't really play anything. I took chorus in high school and piano, but I'm no musical genius, but boy how I love it. Certain pieces create scenes in my head that make me stop and just write. Even develop whole stories.

On Friday, I got to see one of my favorite bands of all time, Depeche Mode. Yes, they're still around and still producing kick butt music. I sat back and listened and realized how long they've been around. I even went back to the beginning of their career and listened to each album in order. It's amazing how much they've changed. You can hear how much they progressed and refined their sound. The songwriting has always been awesome in my eyes, thanks to Martin Gore who is a songwriting genius, but even that has matured and deepened over the years. The thing is I forget to look at myself. Yes, I started this journey later in life, and you know what, it's okay. All I can do is grow and refine and strengthen. Even the most experienced still has wiggle room for improvement and that takes practice and determination. Things never come easy, but you must be prepared when they do. And even then, you must continue to show that you still got it. Depeche Mode still does after all these years. They continue to push themselves to create something powerful.


So thanks, Depeche Mode, for creating the music that has inspired so much of my life. Not only for the stories and visions of characters, but for showing me how to strengthen and grow and create something powerful.

Who inspires you?

Please go and check out the other fine folks who participate. You never know what you might learn or who you might inspire.

Have a great day!!



13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on starting this crazy journey we call writing. I, too, started it later than many writers, but it's been the best journey because of supportive friends.

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  2. Hi, Christine! I love the Lumineers, Sara Jaroz, and old school U2. The music leads me to new places. Count Leo Tolstoy is another muse. His salience leaps off the page into my soul. Thanks for going on the IWSG journey! That inspires me too!

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  3. I'm a big fan of AWOLNation, Adele, Florence and the Machine. I used to be into Depeche Mode, but only listen to them in a blue mood these days. There are many artists that inspire me and I find new ones every week.

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  4. Wonderful to have a muse, Christine. Made me think about mine - probably all the children's authors I so admire.

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  5. Music is an inspiration to many writers. Though I love music I can't write a word while listening. I tend to dance and sing.

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  6. When an artist of any kind thinks they know it all, they stop growing.
    Cool you got to see your favorite band. They've lasted because they grew and adapted. And as writers, we can do the same.
    I play music as well as listen to it - yes, it's very inspirational.

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  7. Can I second that? We are so busy pushing forward and striving to grow, we sometimes don't realize how far we've come--and who knows how far we can go?

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  8. I'm going to stick my foot in my mouth and admit I'd never heard of this band. But I'm paying attention now! Have you ever heard Kitaro's Symphony of Dreams? Honestly, his music brings tears to my eyes.

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  9. A lot of times I can't write a story until I've picked out that story's "theme song." I used to pick music from movie soundtracks so that I could find something that fit with what I was writing, but now I download a lot of royalty free music. It has the advantage of having no pre-existing associations (at least that I'm aware of) so it feels like it was written just for my story.

    -James.

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  10. Agreed! Music is very much a muse - I know when I need to motivate myself I turn some tunes on (these days it's Evanescence and Adele). I just saw some statistics the other day that stated how music has been proven to increase our drive and lower blood pressure - or something along those lines... great post!

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  11. Music can get my mind out of a stationary fog and get me going again. It's just one of the things that help, that I should use more often!

    But, yes, the more you write and share, the more you definitely keep growing, and may we all continue to grow. (I didn't know DM had been around all that long!) Writer’s Mark

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  12. I always rely so much on music for inspiration, but I never thought about looking at the struggles of the band members themselves. Wonderful idea!

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