Aug 21, 2009

Inspiring Idea: Feel The Music

Aug 21, 2009
If your brain immediately leapt to highly abstract and suspect places upon reading that title, then we share something in common.

A while back Mutt and I started a group called Ink Harvest. This group was made up of several budding young writers (ourselves included) who were looking to flex their creative muscles. How, exactly? We would take it in turns playing a piece of instrumental music from our respective collections and then spend the next ten to twenty minutes transcribing whatever imagery it inspired.

Usually we'd try to write a cohesive scene from a larger story that we'd never get to read, but sometimes it would only be an abstract image or a vague story outline that came out. Whatever it inspired we would share with the group without fear of criticism or judgement. Here's something I wrote one time (pretty try-hard poetic, but sometimes the music warrants it):


It's a remarkably liberating experience and it really helps you to find your natural groove and style. I've learned so much over our Ink Harvest sessions about how I write and little things I fall back on when I'm being lazy. Even better, it helps stretch you as a writer. There's nothing like a little healthy competition amongst writers and Ink Harvest was no exception. Although whenever Tim would attend he would automatically win... stupid jerk.

You can mix up this formula too. Here are some variations we've come up with:

1) Choose an image instead of a piece of music and try to write the potential story behind it.

2) Draw or paint an image instead of writing what is inspired by the music.

3) Come up with an unusual, slightly ambiguous sentence, then try to write a story around it.

What are you waiting for? Flex those creative muscles!

13 comments:

  1. i like this idea, i always imagine what visuals go with certain types of music, I see the images but writing the way you guys do, i cannot do.
    Do you two read alot?

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  2. I'm not a big reader, but when I do read I'm more into philosophy books. Mutt's the more bookworm-ish of the duo.

    Woah, wait a second. What do you mean you couldn't write the way we do? Why not? I demand justification!

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  3. Justification is easy to fabricate.

    I demand counter-evidence!

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  4. No one... no one asked you to. :P

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  5. well i try to write and it doesn't flow and my vocabulary is not great...yet. so i just draw, and write very little.

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  6. oh and im a perfectionist as well. that will do it.

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  7. Pfft! Pfft, I say!

    How can you ever get good at anything without practicing? :P

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  8. So Luke. You're saying you'll start practising drawing?

    You do realise everything Jen's said are basically the reasons you don't draw... like, exactly.

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  9. Yeah, but... but... you suck.

    I recall Jen saying that she loved writing. I don't love drawing.

    Was that right, Jen?

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  10. i don't love it because i suck at it, my writing is more script like and basic, with story boards saying what i can't say in writing.

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  11. Ah. Well... Mutt still sucks. :P

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