Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Get High to Write Without Illegal Drugs

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I write some of my most difficult scenes by getting high. I do not need marijuana, opium, meth—whatever the names are. I play a song. The song must do three things: (1) reflect the emotion I want; (2) stimulate the emotion I want; and (3) dig into the core of my being.

When I want to write sad, happy or crying scenes in a project I care about, I receive emotional triggers from songs. I do this for poetry and other forms of writing, too. I even do it to build courage. Last Sunday, for example, I told my partner I wanted to take my one-woman play across the country, starting with a performance in my home and have my neighbors as my audience. The problem was, my partner had never heard or seen me perform a play on stage. He had doubts. I had to show him my acting prowess.

I selected a song I knew would trigger the emotion I wanted. The music played. I sang and swayed while the song’s hallucinogenic effect penetrated me. After, I ambled on the imaginary stage in my living room. I performed my monologue as my partner watched with eyes fixed on me. At the end of my performance, I said, "I know you didn't know, but in high school, I received an A in drama."

The song spurred courage and confidence. While some people have used other methods (meditation, emulation, drugs), this is one of my methods. (I hope the songs I listen to were not inspired by drug users). Tap into your emotions. Test this drug-free method. See if it works for you. You won't look silly if you are alone. What are your triggers?
Good News
I won Dianne K. Salerni's The Inquisitor's Mark (the Eight Day). Click here. A friend had mentioned Dianne's book, The Eight Day. I haven't read it yet, but from the advance she received and the reviews on Amazon, it must be an excellent read. I can't wait to read both books. 
(I'm trying to keep all my posts under 300 words).

53 comments:

  1. Never would use drugs. Can't say i use anything really, just go go go. But music does give me ideas

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  2. I will be curious to hear you singing, you must have a beautiful voice Peaches! And as you, music and songs are my inspiration. Many kisses! xo

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    1. Lilli, please. You do not want to hear me sing. I can't even croak. I know singing is not one of the talents I have.

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  3. I love the idea of using music to stir emotions. I listen to music when writing and depending on what I'm working on, I switch between styles of music.

    Good luck with your one-woman show.

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  4. Hey, congrats on winning!

    I'm with you on music. It can totally get you psyched up for anything. (Guess that's why I compose the stuff, eh?)

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  5. I can't read or write to music that has words. Classical or Jazz works.

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  6. I do that! I have soundtracks for all of my fiction books and songs that evoke a certain feeling. I use them to draw out that emotion.

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  7. I use music the same way, Peaches. It's amazing how music taps into our emotions. Happy writing!

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  8. Congrats on your win! I think I'm one of the few that don't listen or use music at all. But I draw up emotional memories to get me in the right frame of mind when I'm writing.

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    1. Christine, having the ability to generate the emotional memories you need to aid your writing is a gift.

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  9. I prefer complete silence or just white noise when I'm writing. But when I workout, I do like to set the mood with a little motivational jammin'!

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    1. I only play the music for the emotional state I want to achieve. Once I get to that state and write the scene I want, I turn down or turn off the music.

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  10. Music can take you to a different place. It probably is like getting high.

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    1. Sherry, I'm sure you probably know more about this than I do because you play the violin.

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  11. Music can take you to a different place. It probably is like getting high.

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    1. Is something wrong with leaving a message why I'm getting double comments?

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  12. music can be a powerful inspiration for sure!

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  13. Music is like a magic bullet for the muse!

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  14. Music is amazing, as are animals and nature. They both have a way of calming the soul. Great post, thank you so much for sharing.

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  15. Music is amazing, as are animals and nature. They both have a way of calming the soul. Great post, thank you so much for sharing.

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  16. Good approach, Peaches. Music has the power to stir our emotions and help us enhance our creativity.

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  17. An A in drama? Seems like you're one of the multi-creative types. You go girl! (any other creative endeavours you're hiding from us...?)
    Music gives a natural high!

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  18. Thanks for the visit and kind words.
    Music adds to my creative process when I write I poetry.
    Nice to meet you!

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