Wednesday, May 8
Every Writer Needs A Song
Okay, this may not, technically, be a lesson...more like a lesson I've taken to heart over the past couple of years. You know, since bebe got to be Demanding Age. I bought a couple of sing-a-long videos for her from the different Disney "Princess" movies. So every few days I get transported back to my own childhood with "Someday My Prince Will Come" or the "Wishing" song from Snow White. You know what I've learned? All of these songs are usable inspiration in my writing life.
Take "Lesson Number One" from Mulan II - Like a rock, I must be hard, like an oak I must stand firm. That's a lesson for we writers, isn't it? We have to have a hard shell to deal with rejections and 'not for us right now'. We have to stand firm in our conviction that We Can Do This...and support one another through the journey.
Take "Someday My Prince Will Come". Our heroines need to believe this, but not rely on it tooooo much. What do I mean? Well, we want strong heroines, right? So they have to be capable of living on their own and being happy...but finding their prince (or cowboy, billionaire or were-whatever) makes their life so much better. They have another person to rely on, someone to love and to be loved by. So even when they aren't truly looking for that prince, they have to know, somewhere deep down, that their prince will come.
How about "The Love Song" from Robin Hood (the cartoon version with foxes and chickens and rabbits). 'Life is brief, but when it's gone, love goes on and on.' That is my favorite line from the song because it's so true - in fiction and in the real world. What are we fighting for - or writing for or living for - if it isn't the people we love? The love we share, whether it is shared by our children watching us or readers reading our books, lives on long after a book is closed or a loved one passes on.
I'm not sure why I had that realization today. Probably because I was adding songs to a playlist for the new WIP which is swimming along nicely in the bits and pieces of time between bebe interruptions. If your life (writing, romantic, business) had a theme song, what would you choose?