Friday, October 16, 2009

Using a Music Video to Inspire Your Writing

By Mari Miller-Lamb

A word: I'm a reader and writer, and at times I feel that all of my intelligence is stuck on the printed page. So it is safe to say that I am not a visual person by nature. Sometimes movies confuse me, and I don't know my Manet from my left foot. But I find this video insanely compelling and inspiring. Something about it just makes me melt. So watch this video of "Who's Gonna Run This Town Tonight?" and see if you agree:

I know, I know it's Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye West, and like many artists their personal lives and maybe personalities are less than...well, let's just keep it at "less than" shall we? All I'm saying is, if you watch this video and don't feel inspired to write the story, then you don't have any right to call yourself a writer or an artist or whatever it is you call yourself. Talk about sexy dark fun, and Rihanna's voice is so hot and sultry you can just feel the heat coming off her as she asks her two Henchmen? Men-At-Arms? Security Advisors? Dark Knights? to help her out. Is she asking? Is she demanding? What does she really want from them? What do they want from her? Are they going to help her or harm her? What control does she have over them or they over her? And where the heck are they and is she a Queen or what? Is a happy ending possible in this dark setting? What was the history that led up to this point? Will sombody please write the story so I feel a sense of completion here?!? Have fun! ♥

BIO:   Mari Miller-Lamb is a romance writer who has completed two manuscripts and is anxiously awaiting the Call. She makes her home in Douglaston along with her husband and three year old daughter. Her day job as a librarian pays the bills and provided lots of great opportunities and inspiration for research.


  1. You are so right, Mari. Music videos, songs, and even song titles are great sources of inspiration. I got a story idea from Wynona's song, 'Why Not Me?', and from Garth Brooks' song, 'Shameless." I think as writers we are visual and lyrical people, and anything and everything can trigger a story. All we need to do is write it.

  2. Mari,
    It sounds like you have all the inspiration and creativity to write that story yourself! The video is very atmospheric so I can see why it spurred so many ideas for you. Personally, I'm more inspired by Beethoven than rap music, but that's just me. :)
    Let us know what story YOU come up with.

  3. Mari I always have music on while I write. I try to stay away from disco music because I wind up dancing instead of writing. I usually listen to the Beatles or 102.7.