Sometimes an author will create a character with music in their life. In the Windmaster series, Ellspeth, Captain of the Sea Falcon, was a talented composer and flutist. Both music and captaincy required total dedication and a lifetime to learn. When her two abilities fought to control her destiny, Ellspeth had to choose between music and her ship. She chose to make her life on blue water. In this case, music added to the characterization and made Ellspeth more real.
Songs or song lyrics can stir more than the creative soul. Other uses are to set the scene, bring attention to a boil or send a reader’s pulse racing. To minimize concerns about infringing on another author's copyright, as a rule I don’t use song lyrics in my stories. You might think that would eliminate music in my works. Wrong. Many authors can create in more than one form. We just create our own lyrics. When “Ireland's Call” by Celtic Thunder refused to leave my head, I knew my muse was sending me a message and I wrote appropriately. Despite the passage of a year, when I read the scene in Dragon Destiny where the "Battle Hymn of the Seidheirn” saves lives of man and animal, the words I wrote still echo in my head to the tune that summoned men to fight for Ireland.
I’ve revealed some ways music and one writer meet. Leave a comment with a song that stirs your muse or how you use songs in your works.
Thanks for joining me. Until next time. ~Helen
The works of multi-published author Helen Henderson crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the realm of fantasy, she authored the Dragshi Chronicles and the Windmaster series. Join her on journeys through the stars, back to the past, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination. First stop: www.helenhenderson-author.webs.com.