I see that look. That look has Cabin Fever written all over it! Winter has now officially overstayed any compliments about pretty snow or sweater weather. You are now wishing you could have gone back to bed like whichever groundhog you follow for the forecast. Even hot cocoa in front of a fire has lost its charm, hasn't it? Yeah, Cabin Fever.
Now, while I can't give you sunshine, green grass, or warm breezes, I did make sure to include some ideas to help you battle back the blahs. My suggestion is to start with the one that makes you roll your eyes and say "Yeah, right. Like I'd ever do that! They'd call me crazy!" You'll know it when you see it. ~Brittney
This week on Kickstarts! we are going to multi-task. Not only are you going to be able to get some writing done. You are also going to get the benefit of letting the sun use your skin to give you some vitamin D and let that same sunlight help your brain produce some serotonin.
That's right, peeps. We are saying goodbye to that writing room for a bit and heading outside in search of some new inspiration! Grab a jacket and put on your walking shoes! We'll find just the right spot before you know it! ~Brittney
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Now that you get how the tone of the story can be influenced by music, let's talk theme songs!
Get comfy and let's create some characters based on different types of music.
The point is that your characters can have theme songs, too. Those songs can help refine them or keep them on track as far as their actions and responses are concerned. A theme song can also help you create a really great character by using the music to help you find ways to describe them. Think of how Superman's theme music really describes the kind of guy he is. That's what we are looking for in this week's lesson.
Listen to the two songs in the included links one at a time. The first is called "Fee Ra Huri" by Omnia. The second is "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg which may be a little more familiar to you but just has so much character to it I couldn't resist using it here.
As you listen, jot down some characteristics of the person who might walk into the room as that song plays. Close your eyes and see them. How do they walk? What are they wearing? Do they smile? Are they the good guy or the bad guy? What is their story?
Listen to each song until you have a good handle on your new character or wander off to other pieces of music and see who might be lurking in the notes of other songs! Most of all, enjoy the process of meeting every new character you find along your musical journey!
For those of you with younger munchkins, take another listen to some of the theme music from their favorite cartoons and then revisit your old favorites! I'll bet the theme song from The Pink Panther might be a new thing for them!
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That is why Lesson 3 of Kickstarts! is all about using music to help you write your masterpiece or fine tune your characters!
I will be suggesting songs, but I also highly encourage you to explore the many different types of music out there. New things spark new ideas! So turn up the volume and let's write! ~Brittney
Setting the Mood
As a writer, listening to music can help you build your scenes and make your story flow in a smooth and seamless way. Set up a playlist that feels right for the mood you want to set with your words. If you are working on a shorter piece, just choose one or two songs that feel right for your story. Longer pieces can benefit from longer playlists that reflect the changes in tone as chapters progress.
While I know writers who use music while they write, I will fully admit that I am not one who can do this regularly. Instead, I will often use music during my brainstorming time or before I begin work on my story for the day. Music helps me get in the mood that my story needs before I begin setting words to paper.
I've decided to challenge you to write a story that reflects the mood of each of the two pieces of music I am about to suggest. I have tried to choose two very different selections that you may not have heard before. The first song is an instrumental version of a song called "Porcelain" by Moby. The second is called "Fingers" by Joi. I hope you will also find others that inspire you with different moods, as well!
For those of you with younger munchkins, cartoons are a great place to find music that sets a mood. The old Bugs Bunny cartoons were excellent at choosing classical pieces and showing them in a new light. Fantasia is also a great example!
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Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!