#IWSG Blog Hop–Valuable Lesson in Writing

It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

July’s question–What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

In the 7th grade, I took a chance by signing up for Mrs. Kirby’s creative writing class. Art had been my passion. Art was all I knew. I had been drawing since I was 8. I loved her class–everything about it. I’ve been writing fiction since 11 years old.

Throughout the years, I’ve learned a lot about writing, but the most valuable lesson that has stuck with me would have to be…listening to music helps set the mood. Music is a must when writing anything. Since I love writing in public places (Daily Grind being my favorite), I never leave home without my headphones.

Spotify is my best friend. The app is downloaded on my tablet and my phone. No shame–I can listen to the same playlists or the same songs for hours straight, and each time the music plays over again it’s like the first time.

When I need to get in a romantic mood for a scene, I listen to Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Justin Timberlake, Brandy.

When I need to get in a dark mood for a scene, I listen to Civil Twilight, Staind, Seether.

When I need to get in a happy mood for a scene (yeah right–me?–when do I ever write anything happy haha), I listen to Danity Kane, Mya, Destiny’s Child.

When I need to get in a drama mood for a scene, I listen to Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera.

You get the point. Don’t be afraid to let music inspire you.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby


6 thoughts on “#IWSG Blog Hop–Valuable Lesson in Writing

  1. Music is important! I’m the same way. If I’m in the middle of a certain scene music can help pull it together and get the words flowing. I write more normally if I have headphones on and can temporarily block out the world. The hubs recently helped me with that by buying me some fancy noise canceling ones for my birthday. Love those things. Glad I’m not the only one that uses music to help me along. 🙂 I haven’t set playlists on Spotify, but I do have one set on Youtube.

    • Hey Meka,

      Cool beans. I didn’t know you could have playlists on YouTube. I’m obsessed with watching videos–more on the art side though. I’m happy you’re enjoying your headphones 🙂

      Keep smiling,

    • Hi C.D.,

      Nice to meet a fellow writer who writes in public. Do you ever find yourself humming out loud to the beat or song? Sometimes I have to catch myself when I’m sitting at a table at Daily Grind haha.

      I like your idea of your books having their own soundtrack.

      Keep smiling,

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