Thursday, April 18, 2013

Music and color

This is how I manage to spark my imagination whenever I sit down to write my detective stories or, for that matter, anything else. I think of a particular sound or song and then I build my creations by inserting color into this mix. It may sound crazy to you but trust me when I tell you that it works for me.

So, this is how it works. When I sit down to write one of my audio mysteries, I allow my imagination to think of either a sound or song. My imagination wanders around and searches far and wide. Most times I reject the first and second recommendations from my imagination, but it really does not take a long time before my imagination comes up with something for me that I like.

The song could range from anything such as a piano piece to a ballad by Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Whitney Houston, or even Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson, or Mariah Carey. The sound could be anything from birds singing to water flowing, cars racing or children laughing.

After I have chosen my song or sound, I next move to filling in the scene in my mind with color and this is something that is very hard to explain. Finally the text of the scene, and I build this with memories or creations of my own. This is how I match music and color.

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