I’m a writer, but I’m also a musician. I’ve painted pictures, but don’t consider myself good enough at that to take on the title.
But, consider those first two: writer and musician. I know a lot of people are both. And every songwriter is both, of course. I’m finding it hard to separate the two, the further I get into mystery writing. I can’t write a novel without some reference to music. I’ve started one serieswith a musician sleuth, and another—that emerges in September—with a music-loving sleuth.
Besides those blendings, I know a lot of writers who have music playing while they work. They set their mood, get inspiration, put themselves into a certain time period, and probably use music for more things I can think of.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s in spite of the fact that I’m a musician—or because of it—that I can’t write when music is playing. My mind wanders over to the notes and I end up concentrating on them instead of my words.
If you are a writer, how do you use music? If you’re a musician, what’s your connection with words and music? Do you read to music? Drive to music? Dance?