I have written before about my writing music—or the lack thereof. I don’t listen to music while I write. I’m the kind of person who is compelled to sing along to every song, so it would be a bit of a distraction from the whole actually writing thing. But there are songs that I listen to when I am not writing that inspire me. The one I talked about previously, Jordin Sparks’s “One Step at a Time”, is still my number one for that. But it’s an older song, so I pretty much only hear it when iTunes pulls it up randomly.
There is a song currently getting a lot of radio time (yes, I listen to top 40 radio, not ashamed) that just thrills my writing sense all the way down to my fingertips: “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz.
For one thing, the song is catchy as hell. Lots of “ooh oooh ooh” that are fun to croon. For another, the song was inspired by their own dreams of becoming successful artists (clearly, they were not wrong). As a pre-published author, who hasn’t struggled with that question? All of the time, the effort, the tears, the rejections, the heartache—is it all just going to go down the drain?
My favorite line in the song is “I ain’t tryin’ to do what everybody else doing, just cause everybody doing what they all do.” Sometimes it can feel like the world is overrun with wannabe novelists. It is daunting and overwhelming, to see myself as one of a faceless horde, yammering at agents and publishers. But I’m not doing what everybody else is. My books are my own. They could not have been written by anyone else, they would not exist without me. I do have something unique and wonderful to offer, and I am not wrong!
That’s just how I feel.