Friday, July 24, 2009

Blog Chain Blatherskite

Annie( chose this two part topic. Cole

( went right before me in the chain and Sandra ( ) will be next.

I took off a few months from the blog chain, so I’d like to say welcome to our new writers. If your link is not to the left with the rest of the chain gang, please let me know and I will be happy to add your link. And away we go…..

Do you ever get inspired by a real-life event or news story and fear you're ripping off the story too much?

Yes and no. On more than one occasion, while doing historical research, I have run across some fabulous tid-bit, and just run with it. I’ve never worried about ripping off a story, as I always put my own spin on events, so much so, that they often don’t resemble the initial occurrence. I have also read quite a few authors that not only bring up an event, but will it will be a pivotal part of their plot.

Do you ever get inspired by a song or poem or line from a book and worry you're stealing that original person's idea?

I wouldn’t say that I’m inspired by a song as much as it sets the mood. I have an extensive library of music that I listen to while writing. I could give you a soundtrack to my first completed work, a historical romance. There is a different song for almost every scene. From what I’ve gathered, I’m far from alone in this writing quirk.

One of my favorite songs for writing is The Gael, which is the theme song to The Last of the Mohicans. I looked and looked for just the right video and low and behold…Scottish scenes! Now, if you listen to the song, there are so many emotions that it can evoke.

I would love to hear what everyone feels when they listen to this song. I think it will enforce previous posts about giving a group of ten a topic for a story, and all ten stories would end up being very different. No cheating though, just post what emotions you felt and then go back and read what others have said.


Michelle McLean said...

Ahhh gorgeous pics!!! Wow, I would soo love to go there :) The song makes me think of fighting or chasing scenes in some parts, and kilted or loin-clothed warriors in others...sweeping love stories for sure. :) Music is very inspiring, and I'm with you. For me, it's more about how it makes me feel.

Anonymous said...

First off - that is one of my favorite soundtracks...The Last of the Mohicans. I use it all the time because it literaly rips on the romantic heart strings...LOVE IT.

So nice to have you back!

Cole Gibsen said...

Call me crazy, but I totally think of ghosts - especially with big ruined castles like that. And the music added to it!

Sandra said...

Welcome back! I don't have soundtracks for my entire novel, but some key scenes do have theme songs.

Your video makes me feel like visiting Scotland!

(BTW, I already posted in this chain; I think you're the end of the chain this time.)

Kat Harris said...

OK, I listened without watching the video. I didn't picture Scotland until the very, very end.

Instead, I saw an old ship adrift on a turbulent sea.

This was a fun exercise. Great post, Terri! Welcome back. We missed you!

Annie Louden said...

I thought about going into battle, and I was seeing montages of movie trailers in my mind, mostly Last of the Mohicans and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. And I was also kind of thinking love story, and like the two in love would never see each other again.
This makes me think the composers did a great job with the Mohicans soundtrack.

Annie Louden said...

And, after I posted that, I began whistling the tune.

I liked your post.

I once wrote a short story as I listened to Portishead's Third, with the scenes changing as the songs did.

Sarah Bromley said...

I watched the video and kept thinking about warrior and tragic love ala Braveheart. Interesting.

I use a lot of music while writing as well. Sometimes a song is so appropriate for a scene that it helps focus your words to convey the emotion you're going for.

Anonymous said...

I love the video, when are we going? Lisa

Rebecca Knight said...

I have a present for you over at my blog:

Thanks for all your insight! Love the blog!

Trish said...

I felt like an eagle that had flown all the way from Australia, and was flying around Scotland. I loved the music and the pictures were magnificent. I was totally hypnotised.