Literary Music Lessons: Stakes and The Talking Heads


Stakes: If your writing doesn't have them, no one will care. You've witnessed writing without stakes. It happens when you verbally yell at your television screen or paperback, "Nothing is happening!" Then there's the opposite experience. When you are so invested in the characters and their success that no disruption is acceptable. You have to stay … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Stakes and The Talking Heads

Literary Music Lessons: Motivation and Norah Jones


Motivation: it can be the factor in your writing that determines how readers perceive your characters. Think of your favorite heroes. Now your favorite villains. Odds are if you thought about their character arcs, you also can figure out their motivation. Solid characters need something to drive them, even if they're secondary. Because if a … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Motivation and Norah Jones

Literary Music Lessons: Dialogue and Tenacious D


Many songs emulate an emotional feeling. There may be a story. However, not all songs incorporate actual dialogue, i.e. words exchanged by characters. Comedic rock duo Tenacious D created one of the most quotable songs of all time. And they did it while including hilarious dialogue. Is it the greatest song of all time? No, but … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Dialogue and Tenacious D

MUSICAL LITERARY LESSONS: SETTING AND METALLICA


Setting: It’s a central element to a narrative. Without it, readers get confused. They don’t understand the mood of the book. Worst case scenarios the reader can’t even tell where or when they are in the narrative. That’s why today’s musical literary lesson comes from one of Metallica’s iconic pieces. This lesson on setting is … Continue reading MUSICAL LITERARY LESSONS: SETTING AND METALLICA