6 Ways Music and Book Industries are Similar

As I was listening to MKTO’s Classic for the sixth or seventh time in a row, it occurred to me that the world of music is amazingly diverse. This rather obvious revelation prompted me to relate the world of music with the literary world. The two are alike because they are both creative endeavors, but there are some other ways that music and writing are similar in nature. Here’s a list I compiled, but you can feel free to add to it in the comments! 🙂 Also, check out this song. If you haven’t heard it already, I can almost guarantee it will get stuck in your head.

  • Genres—music contains a plethora of genres, and sometimes a mixture of more than one genre leading to concepts such as punk rock, or country pop. Writing is similar as well. We may blend fiction and science to create Science Fiction (SciFi), or history and fiction to get Historical Fiction.
  • Diversity—I mentioned this in passing, but there is huge diversity in the music world. You can find music for any type of mood, just as there is enough diversity to satisfy an array of varying literary preferences.
  • Voice—even within genres different bands and musicians have their own sound or flavor. The bands and musicians create their own unique sound, but also the individual voices are different, even if the difference is subtle. I think this is an important thing to remember as writers because you may have ten different vampire stories, but they would all be different. A writer’s “voice” is unique and readers will pick up on, and appreciate the subtle nuances between one writer and another.
  • Inspiration—music is often times quite inspiring to people and the written word certainly creates its own share of inspiration. The more you read or write, the more ideas you will have for future writing.
  • Demand—there are new musicians and bands cropping up all the time, and even if they are not well-known chart-toppers there is always a section of the population that will appreciate and support the music. Reading is not as popular (in many places) as music, but again there are always certain segments of the population who will support the new authors.
  • Success—music and books now share similar technologies which allow a greater permeation of applicable markets, improved sharing and distribution, as well as greater control over the entire process. So, if the music industry is doing well online and in stores, authors have that same opportunity with similar tools.

After I thought about all these things, it was really exciting to consider the world of publishing and the choices authors can make now to have more control over the end-product, and especially how the product is represented to the public. We have far greater ability to create success than ever before. That’s pretty amazing, so I guess it’s time for me to get writing! Have an awesome rest of the week!

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