Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Writing Is Like Music

What am I reading now? Vampire Crush (A.M. Robinson)
Annnd. . . what do I think of it so far? Just finished. Kinda standard issue, high school vamp story. Fun, mindless read.

Writing Is Like Music

My last post looked at how appreciation of art can inform writing or compare to the appreciation of literature. Here's a go for the same thing with music.
     Dynamics (volume) -----> scenes
     Harmony (notes to accent melody) -----> maybe subplot, maybe theme
     Melody (prominent string of notes) -----> main plot
     Pitch (high and low) -----> plot points, emotion
     Timbre (distinguishing sound of an instrument) -----> voice
     Rhythm (beats) -----> sentence structure
     Scale and Chord -----> parallelism and repetition

This is the way I see it (for now).

How do you see it differently?
How could meter (grouping strong and weak beats), dynamics (change in volume) or key (the central note) be related to the appreciation of a story?

1 comment:

Nisa said...

I couldn't have put it better. What a lyrical way to compare writing and music. :)