I was listening to some classical music earlier. I do that a lot these days. I just can’t get enough of it. Anyway, as I was listening, a sentence just popped into my mind.
“Are you ******* kidding me?”
I didn’t react, I just waited to see what would happen next. A brief conversation exchange went on in my head.
This happens to me fairly often. Don’t worry, I’m not really crazy. I don’t think I am, anyway.
I’m a writer.
Ask any writer and they’ll probably tell you the same thing happens to them.
Anyway, what often happens is a sentence, or a piece of description, or, like today, a fragment of conversation will just pop into my head, often when I’m distracted by something entirely unconnected to writing. The most annoying time it happens is when I’m in the shower. You might be surprised by how often that happens. It must be something about the water hitting your head, maybe invigorating the brain.
The snippets usually relate to something I’m working on. Or sometimes they’ll inspire a whole new story. Which can be really annoying when you’re already working on something and you suddenly have this sexy new idea knocking on your brain, demanding to be let out.
So far the story seems to center around a young man who’s having a bad week. He went on two job interviews, missing out on both. His girlfriend just left him. He’s behind on the rent and the landlord is making threatening noises about eviction. So he decides to wallow in misery by playing a depressing piece of classical music. I googled the most depressing classical music and one piece that came up a lot is Bach’s Come, Sweet Death. Not only is the title ideal, the music itself definitely fits the bill. But, hey, if anyone knows of a more depressing piece of classical music then please feel free to suggest it! So the idea is a rough and ready heavy metal fan who died has been sent to be a guardian angel for someone who’s a classical music buff. Should be an interesting mix…
I’ve already blogged about how listening to classical music helped me with my editing last week, even leading to a huge breakthrough on chapter one, something that had been bothering me for a long time. It seems classical music can also inspire me in my general writing and story ideas.
Classical music: It’s not just for listening to. Apparently.