Tuesday, February 5, 2008

MUSIC--YOURS OR THEIRS?

What kind of music do your hero and heroine (H/H) listen to? Is this trait something you think about when you're developing a character? And how important is music to deepening your character?

These questions woke me up yesterday and I couldn't go back to sleep. Which was a major bummer, let me tell you. Working the night shift at the hospital plays havoc with a person's system enough as it is, but that is a whole other post!

Music is important in my character developement. But I find myself imposing my musical tastes on my H/H and have to be very careful. They need to be their own individuals, right?

So, how about you? Do your H/H listen to the music they would listen to? Or, music you would listen to?



4 comments:

tricia said...

My hero and heroine would listen to their own. Since mine is set in the 17th century, either bawdy tavern ditties sung off-key by drunken patrons and sailors for my hero, alternating with church hymns, or
the strains of a virgial and lute for my heroine.

Me, I listen to Hard rock metal..gimme Nickleback or Hinder.

Kathleen Grieve said...

OH! Tricia, being a writer of contemporary, I didn't even give a thought to historicals. Interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Hi Kathleen!
Music is essential to help me develop the characters. Can't do without it! I can have a whole soundtrack for a story, but there's usually one particular piece that says something about a character, and when I hear it, they begin to come alive. The heroine I'm writing now is Joni Mitchell's 'All I Want,' and my hero in the book about to be released is right there in Green Day's 'Boluevard of Broken Dreams.' So it's my music in the first place, I suppose, but it becomes theirs quite naturally. I also find that having a kind of soundtrack helps to keep me 'in' the story, keeps it kicking around in my head. :)

J x

Kathleen Grieve said...

Jane, so glad you stopped in to say hello! I know EXACTLY what you mean. My current WIP started with the Police's song, "Roxanne". Why? I haven't a clue, but I knew that would be my heroine's name. I also knew that by my hero playing the song to get her attention, would get him into trouble. Makes for an interesting first five pages! :))