Let Music Be Your Muse


As a writer and artist, it’s not uncommon for me to feel stuck – professionally or personally. However, I’ve learned that there are ways to spark my creativity, to lift myself out of the rut that life can sometimes seem to be. One of those tools, for me, is music. 

I’ve always loved music so, naturally, it’s a go-to when I need inspiration. But it can also be extremely useful for breaking through writer’s block. In fact, music can be used to spark creativity in every facet of your life!

When you exercise, experts say listen to music that matches your heart rate. For example, let’s say you’re running or having a high-intensity workout and your heart rate is reaching 150 BPM. Find music that matches that tempo and helps connect your mind to your body, creating a rhythm to follow and making the workout flow at a consistent rate. Apply the same concept as you’re winding down – listening to more relaxing songs while stretching or practicing yoga helps your mind calm down as your heart and body do. This creates synergy with your body as a whole, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized and ready to continue on through your day.

As I mentioned before, I often use music as inspiration for my writing. The instruments, and the beats help break the block and get things moving inside my head. I often listen to instrumental music so as not to be distracted while I work. But on the other hand, lyrics can inspire new ideas, or help me find a more poetic flow.

Music can also help me get into the mental state that I need to be in to write from my character’s perspective. Sometimes writing requires us to dig deep and write from a place that is uncomfortable. Listening to slower, melancholy music can help me feel the feelings, and lead me into the headspace I need to be in. Alternately, listening to faster-paced music can help me develop a more intense section.

Music can be used to influence and inspire all facets of our lives. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, dancing, working, writing, working out – music can help you along the way.

What’s your favorite music to listen to when you’re doing creative work? Or do you need quiet concentration? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Hollie Ziskind