Reading a Writer’s Music

I was sitting in a writer’s group meeting and suddenly there was elevator music. It was so soft that I wasn’t quite sure if I was actually hearing it or if it was a product of my over-active imagination.


“Can you hear that?” I mouthed to my friend. Indeed she could and I felt relieved I wasn’t crazy in that particular sense. I cannot vouch for other random craziness, as many will attest to, including said friend.

crazySo I did what any sane person would do and tried to slyly discover the source of the phantom instruments. I really wanted to pay attention to the speaker (and thank goodness for handouts!) but the music was nutting me up. Please make it stop! Why won’t anyone make it stop?!


*cue “Life” light bulb moment*

ahahThis is how I write my stories! I hear monologues and visualize scenes no one else has experienced yet. My character has black, curly hair that is disobedient to any styling products. Trying to get the unruly hair across the page to the reader (without breaking the editors’ “show me, don’t tell me” rule) is akin to serving fish at dinner; some people will like the description and others will crinkled their nose and choose something else.


Any artist hears their own music. My brother writes songs and performs with a band. His wife is an amazing textile artist. God has blessed some as wordsmiths and others as photographers. And in His infinite sense of design, some people love oil paintings while others prefer watercolors. Neither is wrong…it’s just different and that is good!


I tend to gravitate towards the sci-fi and dystopian genres. However, it doesn’t discount my enjoyment when I read a suspense by Rich Bullock or a cozy mystery by Cathy Elliott.


I’m shameless in my plugs, but I hope you all would check out their magnificent books and read the music we writers hear in our heads.



About sarahb5149

When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by sarahb5149

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