Writing is an interesting activity. It’s fairly close to acting, I feel, in that when I write I have to try to put myself into the mindset of my characters in order to write them. I have to try to feel their emotions, perceive their world as they perceive it. I have to reach deep down into myself and draw out the mood and tone of that imaginary place somehow, weaving it out of my own memories and imagination.
Good music helps. Music has a tremendous power to evoke emotion, we react to audio on a very primal level. Before I start writing, I like to load a selection of tracks tailored to opening up the pathways to those inner spaces.
Since I’m writing cyberpunk at the moment, that means a selection of electronica, 80s nostalgia synth, and urban-tribal grungey beats. Not forgetting soundtracks from classic cyberpunk movies like Blade Runner, of course. 😉
Here are some of the artists/tracks that I like to write to.
Blade Runner Blues