Music Monday – Mornay’s Dream – Braveheart

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicLast week, while reading and critiquing stories for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, I found myself explaining to a few writers how I believed a suspense should be written. I couldn’t always find the right words to support my tips and advice, so I decided to send them one of my favorite songs from the Braveheart soundtrack: Mornay’s Dream.

To me, this song is suspense. It starts with a boom!, and is followed by some tense “dun, dun, dun”s before taking a small breath…and then going! And it builds and builds and builds to a climatic ending.
As I explained what a great illustration of suspense “Mornay’s Dream” was to my fellow competitors, I found myself listening to it over and over again. After focusing all week on the lighter genre of political satire, I needed a song to get me back in the right frame of mind for my suspenseful manuscript. And this one did it.

So, if you’re looking to listen to a song that’s all about suspense, give “Mornay’s Dream” a listen.

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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6 thoughts on “Music Monday – Mornay’s Dream – Braveheart

  1. I’ve talked to a few writers who say that music doesn’t really work for them and I don’t quiet get it. Music sets a mood, a tempo of sorts. I even explained a bit about that in an article recently. I am not able to listen to music much but I can listen a little then have that bit in my mind for a while. John Legend works, Made to Love has a good sound to me. And Gorilla by Bruno Mars is another one that is a bit of an odd choice for me in that there is some content that is not to my liking but I like the music itself.

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  2. I always write to music when writing short stories, nothing else, just short stories. It seems to give me the inspiration to write the story. I think I’ve said before that Dreamland by Robert Miles is one of my favourites to write to and it still is! 🙂 For some strange reason this album just seems to bring out all the creativity in me. I also wrote a recent post titled ‘Living By Number’ which is a song title by New Musik. Just listening to that song produced the post and, since then, I’ve not be able to stop playing the song.

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