Many artists don’t confine themselves to a single medium. You may know that besides writing nine non-fiction books and working on my second, third, fourth, and fifth mysteries all at once (whew!) I’m also a songwriter.
Writing songs with lyrics that don’t rhyme, or lyrics that don’t make any sense; writing songs with short lines, long lines; story songs, message songs, love songs, pain songs — I’m far more confident playing with words in my fiction than I was before I invested 10 years learning the craft of songwriting.
I used to wholeheartedly participate in February Album Writing Month. The past few years it has been hard to devote an entire month to songwriting. Though that may change in the future, for the past couple years a buddy and I came up with an alternative.
Instead of writing 14 songs in one month, the third week of every third month we write three songs — we call it 3-3-3. We support each other, swap comments, and when I can make it to Phoenix, we write and record together in his huge living room.
What’s your other art? How does it inform your writing?