Though I wasn’t smart enough to figure this out at the beginning of my novel crafting life, writing scenes to specific music has given an intuition to my character’s actions and comments–a zest that was missing before. It helped to sit down one afternoon and think through what style of music–and why–would appeal to the people coming to life on my pages. Some characters love music, love to dance, and can’t hear a tune without tapping their fingers. Other don’t even acknowledge that they recognize a particular singer or group. Much like personality profiles help to craft a character, music has a role to play too. Plus, it’s fun learning this aspect of a character and using that knowledge to make the story more authentic.