On my last WIP, I listened to Jimmy Eat World’s song Hear You Me at least a bazillion times. There was something about hearing that song that immediately put me in the tone and mood of my book, and after a busy day of running errands, taking care of kids, going to doctors, cleaning, making dinner and everything else I am responsible for, sometimes it was hard to sit down and mentally dive into my story—until I discovered that song.
Part of my writing ritual would be to play that song on my iPod while I lay on the bed with my eyes closed, and by the end of it, I was ready to be immersed in my main character’s head and world again.
(Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World. I don't think I'll ever get sick of this song.)
I also get inspiration from quotes. I adore poetry, and when I find a poem that I feel like fits the theme or feel of whatever book I’m working on, I write it in that WIP’s notebook and reread it again before I write. Right now it’s a psalm (most of which read like poetry): “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head… I am become a stranger unto my brethren and an alien unto my mother’s children.”
Also, a couple of stanzas from William Wordsworth’s poems and a quote from a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay help get my head into this story as well.
I read these every time I come to my computer to work on my new book and it’s so much easier for me to jump into the heads of my characters. I’m still trying to find a song that encapsulates the tone of my story, but I haven’t heard one that’s clicked for me yet.
What songs are inspiring your current WIP? Do you have a different method for mentally checking in to your book?