Monday, 24 June 2013

Setting the Stage with Music


I think a lot of people forget how important setting is when writing a story. Not only is it where and when the story takes place but it can also be personified, as if it's a character in and of itself. The setting is also a foundation, a place to ground our characters and a jumping off point for plot. And sometimes, the setting is the antagonist, is what evokes the most emotion out of characters. 

Listening to music that echoes the ambiance of the setting helps me create a more believable story by infusing the feels from the music into my manuscript. It also helps me create a more authentic response from my main characters thus making my readers FEEL. And that's what it's all about - making a reader feel something.

So, I thought I'd share with you a few songs that have been helping me create different environments, whether I'm writing or outlining.

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Setting - Mysterious, questionable: **Dots and Dashes by Silversun Pickups and 
The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol

Setting - Enemy territory: **Supremacy by Muse and Skin to Bone by Linkin Park

Setting - Traveling: Bright Lights by Thirty Seconds to Mars and (older but still good) **Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters 

Psst...if you haven't seen this video for a while you should watch'll make you smile.

Setting - A new, exciting location: Diluvia by Freelance Whales and **We Are the Tide by Blind Pilot

This band is AMAZING live. If you don't know them, you should. Great chill tunes and mega talented.

Setting - Close, comfortable quarters with the main characters love interest: Closer by Tegan and Sara and You and I by Paper Route

What current tracks/albums are listening to as you create or think of setting in your writing?
Keep writing! Cheerleader out, yo! 


  1. Great post, Tonya. Lately I've been writing to Beady Eye, Palma Violets, and Cloud Nothings on repeat. :)

  2. Oooo! Cloud Nothings? Gunna look em' up. : )

  3. LOVE all your picks Tonya! And Paper Route? Amazing live.

    My recent writing muses: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blondfire, Sia, and 30 Seconds to Mars. :)

    Now, off to look up Cloud Nothings myself.:)