BLOG TOUR: SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie
I’m delighted to have Morgan Wylie on the blog today to talk about music and her new book Silent Orchids, out now! Check our what Morgan has to say and check back for my review of The Silent Orchids here tomorrow!
When I started writing, I thought it was interesting to hear about people’s playlist for their books. But I didn’t really get it. I didn’t think I would be the type of person to write with music—I just didn’t think I would be able to. Now, granted I LOVE music. My husband is a musician and I’m surrounded by it, but write to it… probably not.
There were times when I was writing that I felt stuck or couldn’t find life in the words on the page… it felt dry. To take my mind off it, I put on some music or I’d be somewhere and a song would come on. Suddenly, I would feel it. Whether it be the words to the songs, or just the emotion that poured out from the music itself, it would stir inspiration inside of me. I would see a scene play out in my mind, or I could relate to the emotions the character was trying to portray. All because of the music.
I’ve read several articles other writers have written about their experiences with music. I even read some medical research of studies being conducted to gauge the affects music has on writing and creativity. Music is everywhere! It’s used in movies, TV, commercials, jingles, etc. For most, it provides a focus and an atmosphere for emotion.
So I put together some songs that I felt inspired by to write. After months of adding music as I would find it, I ended up with over 2 ½ hours worth of music. I found that the songs with lyrics I was eventually able to tune out the specifics of the song and let its emotion or rhythm it take me where I needed to be inside my book or a certain character. I could listen (or not listen and just feel) to it over and over as I would write.
I had a soundtrack made for my specific book, which I also listen to, but at the writing of this post it was not yet available for purchase through iTunes so the songs were unavailable to use in the playlist (see below for more info) So this is a sampling of my Silent Orchids playlist…
As I mentioned above, my husband Steven James Wylie is a musician. He teamed up with talented Blair Masters and they created this beautifully haunting soundtrack that reflects the tone and heart of Silent Orchids. If the links are not yet available, please visit my site or the Amazon preview link here to hear this original music.
Thank you so much for having me today!! ~Morgan Wylie