A lot of writers write to music. I don’t, usually, though I’ve been known to plonk the headphones on if I need to drown out ambient household noise. In that case, I listen to electronica or something with a steady, monotonous beat that I don’t have to pay attention to. It’s like my white noise.
That’s not to say that sometimes music doesn’t attach itself to my writing. Sometimes I’ll hear a song and realize it’s perfect for a particular scene. Maybe not as the soundtrack, but something about it captures the essence of the mood, or the characters, or something. Sometimes a song will epitomize the theme of a book, or reflect part of a character’s personality.
Those are the songs I turn to when I need to recapture an emotion or the character’s mindset. I don’t have music for everything I write—some projects lend themselves to such pairings better than others—but I thought I would share some of my musical inspirations in a new series of posts.
First up is “Uprising” by Muse.
The first time I heard this song, it immediately attached itself to the project I was working on at the time, my novel Topaz Sky. Faith, the heroine, is a genetically engineered woman who’s just discovering the truth of the world she lives in. For most of her life, she thought she was alone in her freakiness. Then she discovers there are others like her, and they are little but pawns in a larger game.
They will not force us.
They will stop degrading us.
They will not control us.
We will be victorious.
“Uprising” speaks to that theme. The lyrics are all about breaking free of oppression, and that’s the theme of the novel. Whenever I listen to it, I feel the urge to dive back into Faith’s world.