Screenwriting : How to include music in your stories by Laurie Ashbourne

Laurie Ashbourne

How to include music in your stories

How to Include Music in Your Stories
How to Include Music in Your Stories
Most songs that engage and stick with us are mini-stories or moments of someone's (a character's) life. So it's a natural extension that our films, theater and sometimes books, weave music and song th…
Laurie Ashbourne

You're more than welcome! Thanks for reading.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great information! Thanks Laurie!

Laurie Ashbourne

Glad you found it useful, Beth!

Laurie Ashbourne

Honestly, try to find a way to showcase these bits of personality without relying on lyrics to songs -- especially if you realize they won't be in the final production -- how will the audience learn these traits? There's nothing wrong with saying something along the lines of he not only knows every verse Led Zeppelin ever recorded, when his hands are idle -- which they are now -- he can be found pretending he's Jon Bonham... Or if it's a subdued personality, she hums a Gaelic lament or a teenager bounces on her bed like the pop music that bounces off the walls. And if it's just a tone or pacing consider focusing on the instrument.. It's as if everyone he passes can hear the music in his mind... Rising percussive music. It's fine to refer to a type of music or maybe even an artist, if it is something ingrained in a personality -- but do avoid filling your page with blocks of lyrics from popular songs -- even Happy Birthday

Laurie Ashbourne

My pleasure, best of luck with your writing.

Lina Jones

So true Laurie!

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