Linda J. White writes FBI thrillers from her home in rural Virginia. Her husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Mother of three grown children, Linda is also a national-award winning journalist and a women’s ministry speaker. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with Keira, her Sheltie, reading a book, or dreaming of the beach.
Play Me a Song!
One of the first things I discovered when I began writing fiction over twenty years ago was the power of music to unleash my creativity. In those days, I’d send my husband off to work, put the kids on the school bus, grab my Walkman (that dates me!) and listen to music as I took our two golden retrievers for a walk. By the time I got back to the house, my head was buzzing with ideas.
The album that inspired me for that first novel was Jeffrey Benward’s “Set It Into Motion.” I used Third Day music when I wrote Jake Tucker scenes (“Bloody Point” and “Battered Justice”), and Casting Crowns and Mercy Me are setting the tone for the book I’m currently working on.
Scientists have documented the fact that music stimulates creativity, enhances mood, and for some, actually increases the ability to focus. Music therapists are learning how to use music to counteract depression, defeat anxiety, and improve the quality of life for many.
Music helps me enter my story world. It sets my mood, helping me to feel what my characters are feeling. That’s important if I want my readers to feel, too!
How about you? Do you use music to help you work?
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