Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tone Deaf and Off-Key

Writing and Music could be described as flip sides of the same coin.  Fraternal twins of the Word.

Songs are merely flash fiction set to music, the words weaving in rhythm and rhyme to lift us up or send us crashing down.  Novels also have a rhythm, a style or tone that is unique to each author.  It's easy to hear when the words tell a story of humor or hope but maybe a little harder if they are full of danger and despair.  Take it from me though, beauty can be found even in the brutal.

Genre Match-ups:
Thriller/Action=Rock N Roll
Fantasy=Orchestra Pieces/Folk
Young Adult=Rap/Pop
Middle Grade=Justin Bieber

Feel free to disagree with my pairings.  But does the genre you write match your musical preference?

Come on...tell it.

This is the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted as always by our captain Alex Cavanaugh.

My insecurity?  That I might be tone deaf and slightly off-key.  But I've never let that stop me before.


  1. Sing it sister. Pretty sure you're right about the fantasy music. I tried to think of a soundtrack for my novel, and all I could come up with was Celtic folk music, so right on the money with that one.

    And, you know, I have harp playing bards in my story. I had one playing a U2 song in one draft, but I think I took it out and just made a general reference to the song instead. Fun!

  2. I tend to write Science Fiction with Classical, but I do love orchestral pieces and Fantasy. :)

  3. Well, my musical tastes are almost as diverse as my literary tastes, so they sort of match...

  4. I have a hard time writing to music but I think your match ups are right on :)

  5. Hmmm, so what's comedy? Yakety Sax? If so, then yes. Yes it does match. I cannot get enough of that song.


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