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Writing and Other Arts June 3, 2011

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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All the arts run parallel. I realized this several years ago when a nephew who’s a musician discussed his work with me. We were struck by the similarities of our fields, from agents/managers to queries/cold calls to contests and so on. Even now the rise of self-publishing mirrors the emergence of independent labels in music.

What happens in one art–whether it be song, dance, theater, writing, architecture, or whatever–influences and shapes other arts. Some authors purposely try to influence their writing by listening to the same song or style of music while working on a manuscript.

In one college study I read, students tried to match selected writings to the music each author listened to while writing. The students correctly identified the matches most of the time.

Perhaps exploring other arts and staying current in them can help writers to remain vibrant and relevant in their own field.

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