Music has been helping to guide my thought process and push through mental blocks or what I call plot barriers or vacuums. I am not talking about full on writer’s block, but those annoying sticking points that stop the flow of a project I’m committed to. This musical intervention could be endemic to the project I am currently working on, but, regardless, it is refreshing not only because music helps me move past a barrier it also restores my faith in the power of music. There is no question in my mind that music has done more for making America great than any politician, leader or entrepreneur. Think about where this country would be without the Blues. The magic of music for me as a writer is its ability to instantly allow me to visualize what is happening or could be happening in my story. And for those brief moments while the music is screaming from my ear buds whether I am riding my bike, doing yard work or taking a walk, I am watching a music video in my head of what I am writing. When the music is over, the floodgates are wide open, and I am refreshed, alert and brimming with new ideas. I can write again. I have even started writing while playing music again as it adds pacing and cadence to the flow of the story.
So if you write and get stuck, try it. And while this music intervention may not break down your barriers, I guarantee it will be fun.