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Use Music As A Writing Prompt

Updated on January 20, 2014

Ending Writer’s Block Once and for All

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Plato

I am on a crusade! True, it is a one-man crusade but still, I believe in the power of one. I want to end writer’s block for all of you….forever! I know, I know, I am aiming for the stars, but I also believe that man’s limitations are only determined by the size of his imagination, so bear with me while I explain how any future writer’s block need not happen.

Last week I wrote an article about using memories as prompts. I also wrote an article about using photographs as writing prompts. Those two articles, when combined with this article, will forever protect you from the dreaded “dead brain syndrome,” otherwise known as DBS!

Music has been around since the first cavemen played some tunes using coconut husks as bongo drums….and….music has served as an instant catalyst for memories and emotions since my Aunt Martha brought my Uncle Rufus to tears singing “Kill Your Man Slowly.” If you think about it you know I speak the truth. Think of one of your favorite songs and then do some contemplation. What emotions does that song bring to you? What memories are associated with that song? We all have them, those songs that make our eyes misty, or those songs that remind us of an important event in our lives….and if we all have them, then don’t you think that music just might be a great way to end DBS?

But please, don’t take my word for it. Let me demonstrate how this works for those of you who are groggy and not grasping my point. Allow me to name six songs from the past and tell you how they jog my writing brain and give birth to articles.

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Here, There and Everywhere

I hear this song and I think of Bev. I hear this song and I think of love. Of course, this song came out when I was in college, so I can easily shift my thoughts to those wonderful and exciting days, but more than any other memory, the thought of Bev and the love she has brought into my life….well, I can get misty eyes listening to this one and let’s leave it at that.

How about you? Do you have a special “love” song that makes your knees weak and your heart palpate? I think you do; now write about it.

Between an Old Memory and Me

Lost love….lost lovers….I’m guessing most of you understand this message. Sitting in a bar, not wanting to talk to anyone, chewing over the lost opportunities, the words not said, the pain of seeing her leave, the memories, once sweet but now bitter….tell me you don’t remember!

My past is littered with lost loves and missed opportunities, and there is a good chance I’m not alone with those thoughts….but we survive…and we learn…and hopefully we grow…and that, my friends, is what life is all about.

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This is what life looks like without writer's block | Source

ANGEL

This song was played at the funeral of my fiancé in 1998. Need I say more?

Isn’t it amazing the way certain songs can instantly make the tears flow? Aren’t we complicated creatures? I have cried listening to songs and I wouldn’t be able to tell you why. There is just something about the haunting melody that leaves me trembling like a little kid….but…what a great release. I hear this song now and I have nothing but wondrous memories of a beautiful human being who was taken from us far too soon.

And you? Does this song move you in a similar fashion? Do you have a special “sweet melancholy” song? Write about it. Explain those feelings to your readers. I promise you that they will have similar reactions and understand completely what you are feeling.

White Room

Psychedelic baby and loving it! Welcome to the 60’s, that crazy, exciting, totally unpredictable decade that so shaped my life. I hear Cream play and I’m back there in the college dorm eating pizza at three a.m. I hear Cream play and I’m marching for Civil Rights. I hear Cream play and I’m back at the Filmore working backstage in 1969 and rubbing shoulders with musical legends.

And so much more….Vietnam and turmoil and hate and love….black and white and distrust and trust…say goodbye to the norm and say hello to the abnormal.

And what generation are you from? What music reminds you of that time and what memories do you have?

Running down a Dream

I have always been a dreamer. I have always been willing to drop what I’m doing and chase after excitement and adventure. It’s in my DNA and I’m so grateful for it. Look, over there, that’s Mount Rainier, well hell, let’s go climb it. Hey, I hear there’s a jazz festival in California this weekend, well hell, let’s go to it. I hear the Northern Lights are spectacular in Alaska well hell, let’s go see them.

Life is too damn short to hesitate. I refuse to be cheated of the limited time I have on this planet, and that’s what this song means to me. It was a beautiful day, me and Del were singing, little runaway. Can you feel the wind in your hair with the top down on the car, cruising down the road and running down a dream? If so then write about it.

I’m Yours

You know how sometimes there are just songs that make you happy? This is one of them for me. My feet start tapping, I can’t sit still, I start singing and I’ve got a big old grin on my face all the way through it. I cannot listen to this song without feeling good about life. Same thing can be said about “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” Stupid song, really, but the song is like magic to me.

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Now You Do It

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.

Billy Joel

Now it is your turn to play this game. Here is what I want you to do:

  • List three songs that remind you of a major change in your life
  • List three songs that make you happy
  • List three songs that make you sad
  • Llst three songs that make you think of love

Now that you have your lists, you are ready to write. Remember, and this is important so pay attention….we all share commonalities. If a song makes you sad, and you write about why it makes you sad, I guarantee you that readers will not only relate but thank you for sharing your feelings. If a song makes you angry…say it reminds you of your ex who stole from you…then I guarantee readers will understand that and tell you so.

But let’s say you are not an essayist. Let’s say you don’t like to write about personal events and feelings. No worries! At the very least these exercises will jar your brain and shake out some new creative ideas to write about. Remember, that was the whole purpose of this article in the first place….to end DBS.

Don’t try and thank me, really. I’ll send you my bill and you can pay through PayPal.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Huge believer in listening to music while I write to begin with and to use music to share what I may be thinking for is very much not a stretch and love this idea. Seriously, I have so many songs that could tell a story in itself, so might need to try this one soon. Thanks Bill and love the way you ended about Paypal payment, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! I know I'm preaching to the choir with you but I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Music is a great writing prompt. I find that I come up with great ideas while in the shower. Some days though by the time I get dried off and dressed I've forgotten the idea. I need one of those water type crayon things you can write on the shower walls with.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Oh yes! You know already that I think music is a good catalyst. 'Here, there & Everywhere' - one of favourite Beatles' tracks; it's so gentle. Cream! I'd forgotten about them and I particularly liked that one - college days and a fiance! James Taylor's 'You've Got a Friend'.... the list goes on!

      Low piano notes and deep, resonant organ tones always reduce me to tears and Rachmaninov reminds me of my Mum, who played the piano so well.

      As you say, it evokes memory after memory, good or bad, happy or sad.

      Always a pleasure to read you words, bill. I'm going off right now to turn up the music! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Susan, I'm laughing because the same thing happens to me. Great ideas washed down the drain. Thanks for the laugh and good luck with that next shower.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Music can for sure bring all kinds of emotions and might be a catalyst for memories and emotions that in turn will help for writing. In my case it's mostly classical music. But there are special songs that I associate to the time my husband and I were starting to date and go out to dance :-)

      Classical music helps me also to create visual projects; so it's not just writing.

      Another great hub to help us write, Bill!

      Have a great week!

      PS : are you sure that your Uncle Rufus was not brought to tears just with the message of your Aunt “Kill Your Man Slowly.”... fearing for his life ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love it. In one minutes you already shared several memories just in the mention of music. I hope others read your comment...there are articles out there just waiting to be written if we only just turn on the music. :)

      Have a wonderful week my friend.

      bill

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      manatita44 3 years ago

      I use music for the computer, Bill.

      Great in the background. For writing I need total silence. Still, this book called Writing Rituals lists so many different ways!

      Great article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I'm pretty sure that is what frightened Rufus....he had a payback coming and he knew it. LOL Thank you for your thoughts my friend and enjoy your week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita...I cannot write when music is playing...like you, I need total silence.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome blossom! I like it. This reminds me also of those jingles you just cannot get out of your head all day long.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Good Morning Bill! I love using music to get me into whatever mood my writing needs to take me. You know how music in the back ground of a movie indicates what mood the scene is in? That's one way that I like to use music to set the mood. I do turn the music way down low though. I don't need it to distract me from my writing process.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, don't remind me or I'll start humming one. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting, Donna, and I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for that addition....the mood....yes, I can see that working as a factor.

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      Bill - I am a Board Certified Music Therapist and I have to say that this is an excellent exercise for many reasons.

      When listening to music, both left and right hemispheres in the brain are engaged as opposed to just the language portion of your brain when talking or writing. Using more of your brain opens up more possibilities. As you mentioned, hearing a song can bring back a memory you've forgotten.

      In addition to improving your writing, this exercise is therapeutic. Listening to, then writing about what was going on with you (memories invoked from song, how story of song relates to yourself, etc) can help you work through issues you are going through.

      Good hub Bill.

      Heather

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      This is a favorite topic as I am amazed at how I hear a song and entire video is before me. I do have some special songs that just yank at my romantic heart...A song for a Winter's Night by Gordon Lightfoot... I love the fact that music is so stirring an brings back things from the past. I have Music while I work Pandora and it helps me keep focused on writing or painting. Great thoughts here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heather, thanks for weighing in on this with your expertise. I love it when professionals agree with me. :) Seriously, thank you for your comments based on research.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a great comment here, Carol. The point is that we all have those memories, so a writer should recognize that fact and write to those memories....or allow them to motivate and inspire....whatever. Music is a tool that any good writer will use.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      I've often heard that the songs that were out when you were 18 (or around that age) are the ones that many marketers will try to play to because those will evoke the most emotion. And...yes, while other songs will evoke the same amount of emotion, there is no other time I can list off music artists so effortlessly: Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Billie Myers, Bon Jovi among others...and I still love all the same songs that spoke to me then. And they DO provide some good inspiration.

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      RunningDeer 3 years ago from Iowa

      I would just like to say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Great hub. Voted up and shared!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, now that I have absolutely no excuses, I guess I better get to work. Thanks for the memories along the way!

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      I have background music on when I can (being a family man often I write in a madhouse) but I have been careful what I listen to after I transposed some David Bowie lyrics into a short story I was writing - obviously the music took a grip of my subconscious.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Billy,

      I was in sitting in the back seat of the car with you. I could feel the excitement.

      One which comes to mind straight away - I'm leaving on a Jet Plane - must be a story in there somewhere!

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RunningDeer, thank you, and may I say how much I love, love, love your profile name. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      None at all, lifegate. Good luck today and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL>..Mark, that's great. I can see that happening. Ground control to Major Tom....LOL Thanks for the laugh and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sally, I think we could all write an article about that song. You are welcome in the back seat with me any old day my friend. Thank you.

      bill

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Bill, yes I know what you mean, I never used to listen to music when I was writing, but now I try to find an appropriate song or song list when I do. I remember reading a series of books called Morganville, and at the back the author has written about two pages of songs she always listens too, its great advice and something I will try to do from now on, great hub as always!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I agree, music is a fabulous motivator. I also believe that reading is essential. The more you read, the more you write. By the way Bill, I was on HP for over 4 years. I left, deleted my hubs and returned with my bugs. That's why I have so many followers and so few hubs!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you make such a great point about marketeers. I am currently working on an article about that subject. Anyway, thanks for the confirmation that music is a powerful tool that affects us all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, thank you! I am one of those who cannot listen to music and write at the same time...I need quiet to write...but...I can listen prior to writing for inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification and yes indeed, reading is crucial I believe to become a good writer.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, I have loved music since I was born and most of my first poems were about songs and had the same title (since that is legal)! lol Just my version and what it said to me.

      I have never thought of listening to it while I write....

      well duh! You are so full of why didn't I think of that!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Some great advice Bill. Music certainly can move one and help with 'writer's block.' Great suggestions and I have used music in the classroom also. It certainly helps to relax the mind.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Music is such an important part of life. If fact, it's a necessity in mine! So, why not let it spill over into your writing? It makes perfect sense to me, Bill. One of my favorite songs is Color My World by Chicago. Other than the melody, I never really knew why. Then I was reunited with my natural father after 36 years and wrote a poem about how he colors my world. Now, every time I hear it, I think of Daddy.

      I love this post. It took me quite a while to get through it because I had to listen to each song as they appeared. I'm in such a good mood now! "I'm Yours" just really put a huge smile on my face. Thanx!! :-)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Greetings from SUNNY Florida. It has finally warmed up, so I can come out of my fox hole.

      Another great piece of advice. I end up writing poetry when I listen to music. Actually, I write song lyrics that have not found their music.

      Surely wish I had stuck it out with the piano lessons.

      Other writers and singers have documented every stage of my life. Funny how that works. LOL

      Super hub, Bill. Great source of encouragement!

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, welcome back from the fox hole. We are just having our same bland weather, day in and day out, no change and no real sign of winter.

      How weird that musicians documented your life without you knowing about it. LOL

      Thanks as always my friend.

      bill

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      The song that gets me in the right mood, that stills my soul, that gives me lift and light: Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. The smooth soul of his gentle voice takes me back to a quiet moment I had once. A sense of self fills me and the whole world just melts away.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Jackie, you crack me up. Just to clarify, I don't listen while I write. I need quiet like you would find in a tomb. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really does Suzette, and I used it in a classroom as well and had great results. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we played that song at my first wedding...in fact, I sang it at the reception. LOL Great memories I think. LOL Thanks for sharing my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dragonflycolor, I love your memory of that song. Well done, you!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I love this idea! I'm partial to the oldies from the 40's--big bands make me think of my parents and my childhood, Abbott & Costello, and all stuff good and fun. Great inspiration, as always my friend ;) Pearl

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Hello, my name is Brian and I have DBS. Just kidding. I can't begin to tell you how much of my fiction writing has been sparked by music. What an awesome power these sounds and vibrations have on us. I've heard obscure songs that have pulled up forgotten memories from when I was four years old. It's really quite amazing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I grew up on the Big Band sound....and I never forget my roots. :) Thanks my friend and I hope you are doing well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, it really is quite amazing, and it happens to all of us, a fact that all writers should remember. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      You did it! This is the first time you've written about writing prompts I never thought to use before. Don't get me wrong, all of your other hubs mentioned at least one or two new things for me; however, this idea is completely new. I know I'm moved by some songs, but I never thought about actually using those feelings and the memories they bring back as topics for hubs. If I run out of ideas for hubs, I'll certainly give this a try. Thanks for the great idea!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Music is my primary source of inspiration! I can travel back to the past in an instant, given the right piece of music. The depth of feelings and emotions a simple piece of music can evoke never fails to amaze me. Tears, when I listen to the Rolling Stones "Paint it black" I get quite melancholic when I hear Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" even though I'm not sure what the hell they're singing about. :)

      You are spot on with this, music runs through our lives, we can tap into it to recapture many memories and emotions, good, bad, sad or happy. Great write my friend, hope all's well, my best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I might as well retire from writing. I found the Holy Grail....a subject you never considered. LOL I can die a satisfied writer now. :)

      Glad you found this useful my friend; good luck with it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jo, I can't stop laughing. What the hell is Whiter Shade of Pale all about? LOL Still, I love it, and love so much of music....it really is incredible how a song can evoke memories and emotions. Thank you for the laugh as this Monday winds down.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      How do you manage to always come up with yet another exercise? Now I'm gong to bed thinking what music I'm going to remember that changed my day, or that made me sad, or happy. I will come up with something in the morning. Great hub!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      At the least, music puts you in a pleasant mood. Thanks for promoting it and showing us how it works. I'll do the exercises.

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Wow, Bill, this was so Good, and Clever and Interesting...You are the Man! Always thinking and giving Excellent ideas to others for Inspiration.

      I'm Voting UP & Interesting too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So many country songs have inspired my writing. Also some pop and rock songs too. I can't imagine life without music! :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I cannot count the time music has influenced my writing or inspired me to write. I love all of your choices of music too. That Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty brought back a lot of memories, as we were at one of his concerts in Tampa, Florida. The Sound of Silence actually inspired a poem I wrote here, as well as many other songs inspired a lot of my writing here. Music is a medium for the world to break through walls for sure and where we can all find something in common.

      Up and more and sharing.

      And the beat goes on,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I just have an overactive imagination. :) I can't think of any other reason. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, we always have music to improve our moods; it never fails to do that for me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I'm just tossing this stuff out, hoping someone can use it. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, anyone who has followed you knows that to be true. :) Play those tunes my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, whenever I'm stuck for inspiration I turn to the music...it never lets me down.

      Blessings and thanks and love to you

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. How true. Music does have a way of clearing the mind and rekindling memories. I never thought about it from a writing perspective but I think you're on to something here. I'll have to start listening to music more often. Sadly I don't do this enough. Have a great week Bill

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      This is an interesting idea! Music can certainly stir up a lot of emotions and good writing needs to stir up emotions too. I'll try it and thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I am going to have to think about how music could be a writing prompt. Not sure if what I write about is deep enough for that. But I'll give it a shot. If you keep writing these everything I see, hear and do is going to make me want to write a hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, if that happens then I will have succeeded. :) Thanks for the smile my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, good to see you. I hope all is well in your world. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, shame on you. :) Give it a try; maybe some Italian opera to get you in the mood for another trip. :) Enjoy your week buddy.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      billybuc, never thought of using music for my writer's block - you've probably noticed I took a sabbatical. Haven't been able to think of anything to write about lately. Just wrote a new hub yesterday - first time in a long time. Thanks for the idea!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back, Ann, and I hope next time you turn on your favorite music and let your mind wake up that muse in you.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening master of inexhaustible source of creative ideas not only your three latest articles but mostly all of them. Music included great idea, since it's a divine afflatus. Constantly in background of my working environment , if not available making melody in my heart continues…

      Voted useful,awesome, beautiful.

      Pax vobiscum my friend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for another inspirational hub Bill. Music is my main form of breaking writer's block. Whenever I have trouble coming up with an idea for a hub I search through my cd collection and never fail to find an album or song that will inspire me...Leonard Cohen, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, even Green Day have been used to inspire my writing. I totally concur with music as a writing motivator. Loved Heather's informative comment too.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I remember that caveman - we sang duets together! Music inspires me, which inspires my writing. This article is such a marvelous resource for writers. So many helpful examples you've given that are great motivating factors. YOU are the teacher and we are your students. When the students are ready, the teacher will come. Thank you Bill ~ Love, Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I completely agree with you that Music can have immense effect on our psyche and can be used as a writing prompt.

      I always believe that Music is a great Therapist and has a healing effect too.

      Thanks for this motivating hub!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Use Music As A Writing Prompt is a lovely idea and worth the try.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, peace be with you as well. "Making melody in my heart"....indeed my friend, indeed!

      Have a blessed day and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John and I agree about Heather's comment. Right on in my book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, the teacher is always here my friend. Just spreading the word and spreading the love for those who want it....and I am willing to be you and the caveman harmonized beautifully.

      love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chitrangada, I agree with you totally. It has always been healing for me.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I hope it works for you.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      You have some really great music here!!! I love listening to music when I need a little rest, motivation, inspiration, solace, or any number of other reasons. Life without music is a sad existence.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I have to agree with you...life would be sad without the beauty that music brings us. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sitting here with tears flowing while i listen to Travis Tritt. Now you know music is a big part of my life, always has been and will always be. The one song that moves me is ' One day at a time ' sung at my mother's funeral. I will attempt to use music as a writing prompt, a great idea Bill. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahhh, Ruby, a gal after my own heart. :) It really is amazing how music affects us...and I am so happy that it does.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      billy: Just because some of the other tips are ones I already knew about doesn't mean I didn't find the other hubs helpful. You always find one or two things I overlook. And if nothing else, I love reading your hubs because they're a great reminder of the things I can use in my writing. I think my writing has improved a lot since I started using your tips in my hubs. And as I get started on my next novel, I'll be sure to review those hubs and use more of the techniques you teach.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great ideas here, Bill. Writers can find inspiration in so many places. I turned the Travis Tritt video clip up so that even my deaf cat who is sitting right here with me can appreciate it. I think he was feeling the music's vibrations, but it was pleasant to see his reactions. We both appreciate your selections. Voted up +++ and pinning this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, thank you very much. Hardly anything that I write here is new....they are all just reminders of stuff most of us learned over our lifetimes but may have forgotten...so I'm glad to put my teacher's hat on and remind other writers. If it helps then great.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I love it. Travis Tritt sings to a deaf cat. How cool is that? :) Thank you my friend.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      A fantastic writing prompt, Bill. I find music helps me get in touch with my emotional side. I recall listening to my mother's Elvis records and really feeling emotional, tearful even. The power of his voice really gets under my skin.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Music is a very powerful stimulator of writing ideas in me, too. It's a wonderful medium in itself and as a source of writing prompts. Thanks for the reminder, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, great example...although I never really liked Elvis, I understood his appeal with his blues voice....thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Alicia, and as always, thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I've lost count on the number of times certain music made me think up scenes for my stories.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, vkwok; it is a resource that cannot be ignored.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      A great country western singer sang a song called, "Because I'm a Dreamer"..."because I'm a dreamer, I can pretend, pretend that I'm happy and living again....I say I've forgotten, but the hurt is still there..." A perfect example to go along with this hub Bill. We haven't forgotten, we just need to remember.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great example, Mary. You should have written this hub. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Music can be a great inspiration for a writer - no doubt about that!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monis! I hope you are well my friend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes Bill!

      The song remembers and then some. Awesome article on how to use music as inspiration. As I write these words, my eldest is quietly playing his guitar in the background. Your article and his music. What a lucky person am I. Hope you are well. Trying to get through the medical treatments in order to get back to HP and all my wonderful friends.

      Best,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, you are missed. I hope things settle down for you soon and you return to us. In the meantime, enjoy that beautiful music and I'll try to keep you entertained. :) Thank you!

      bill

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Great music and food for thought here Bill. Inspiration all the way as usual.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham! Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Classical and inspirational gospel provide a peaceful backdrop for my writing. I find it soothing. Great tips, as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, a fine choice in music. Thanks for sharing and visiting this weekend.

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      Debora Wondercheck 3 years ago from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

      Music is one of the key aspects of writing process. I find music can really get you in the proper mood to write. Whenever I listen to a song, I imagine myself inside the story in a cinematic style and it makes it easier for me to write.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      artsandlearning, I love that approach. Thank you for sharing that with us.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      If this doesn't provide a shakeup, then nothing will. This will certainly get the creative juices flowing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I sure hope so, Deb! Writer's block? Get out of the house!!!!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I can't imagine life without music. Music has brought me such joy throughout the years. I can tell you where I was, what I was doing and how the song makes me feel. Loved your list of songs Bill-I'm rockin out right now to 'I'm Yours.' I love that song! Sis and I use to sing the song, 'Here, There and Everywhere' for many weddings back in the day. That song brings back really great memories. Thanks for the prompts-I'm gonna go through the list and hub it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Minnetonka! "Here, There and Everywhere" is one of my all-time favorite songs....so sweet and such a declaration of love, which happens to be my favorite topic. :)

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Bev is one Lucky woman to have such a romantic, loving husband. I am guessing you have plans for Valentine's Day?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course, but Bev doesn't know about them...shhh, don't tell her. :)

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Shhh-secret's safe with me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I knew I could count on you my friend. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Somehow, I missed this one before---you are a romantic Bill!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, the secret is out...I am a romantic. :) Thank you!

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Music often inspires me to write, particularly poetry.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, I have no problem believing that it does....thank you for sharing that.

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