Music is My Muse

Can I write without music?

Certainly. I learned that the hard way when my poor computer died.

Do I write better with music?

You bet your buttons.

Music doesn’t just help to cut out distractions. It also inspire – evokes images, moods, even entire characters.

Here, for your inspirational pleasure, are the current soundtracks for The Sundered (you can read the first chapter here) via Pandora radio: – Middle Eastern electronica influences, laid back, very evocative, based on “Spring Arrives” by Azam Ali. –  Electronica influences, vocal-centric aesthetic, heavy syncopation and dirty electric guitar riffs, based on “Every Day is Exactly the Same” by Nine Inch Nails.

I hope these get your creative engines started the way they do mine.


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.