Music Monday – Linkin Park – Bleed It Out

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-musicA few months ago, a friend recommended a song on her fitness blog, Bigger Than Smaller. At first I thought, “Great workout song!”, but then I listened to it again and realized it could offer some excellent writing motivation in the future.

Well, the future has arrived. “Bleed It Out” by Linkin Park has become one of my favorite songs to listen to while I work on my new novel.

20140606014550!Bleed_It_Out_single The main thing I like about “Bleed It Out” is its rawness. While I listen to it, I’m able to experience my characters’ self-destructive natures, as well as their rage, frustration, and despair.

I bleed it out, go, stop the show
Choppy words in a sloppy flow
Shotgun, I pull, lock and load
Cock it back and then watch it go

Another things I love about this song is its rhythm and beat. Let’s face it, sometimes (okay, many times) writing can be an energy drain. Physically, mentally, emotionally–it can take a lot out of us, especially if we’re writing stories that “dig deeper” and deal with uncomfortable subject matters.

That’s why I enjoy listening to songs like “Bleed It Out”. Not only do they inspire my story, but they inspire me to keep writing, even if I’m exhausted.

NDA5R0RRQzRLWTQx_o_linkin-park---bleed-it-out-official-bootlegs-live-from-So, if you’re looking for an energetic song that inspires raw emotions, listen to “Bleed It Out” by Linkin Park.

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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Music Monday – Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas

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.

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This past week, I had about five songs I was obsessed with. Three of them revolved around my male protagonist, so I decided to spotlight one of those. And the one I chose was “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas.
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Every time I hear this rock song, I immediately begin building and shaping my main male lead. “Carry On Wayward Son” inspires traits I want this young man to have: rough and steely with a low tolerance for BS, yet also vulnerable and soft with a big heart. I kind of imagine him like a James Dean-ish character.
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So far, I’ve had a lot of fun writing this character. And it’s only been more and more fun as I listen to rock songs similar to this Kansas hit, and get more and more inspired!

So here you go! Here’s “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas:

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.