I see music as an aid. It overcomes my internal editor, especially when the music evokes the character or the mood I'm trying to build.
History has shown us all too often the consequences of dreaming poorly or not at all.
I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition, for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique, etc.
I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or 'convulsive' beauty - beauty in the service of liberty.
Film fixes a precise visual image in the viewer's head. In fiction, you just hope you're precise enough to convey the intended effect.
So many differing opinions and philosophies... are rarely housed under the roof of a single magazine.
My mother is an artist, and I have a strong visual sense. I almost always choose the cover art for my books. I've learned that the more I collaborate, like by having someone do a soundtrack to one of my books, the more I see my own work differently.
I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary.
The music I listen to while writing is really scene-specific. It's just a great motivator, a way to put myself in the mood.
There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too.
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