I’m still operating under a moderate case of bookbrain, and so squandered my Blog Time™ on wasteful things like plot and character development and worldbuilding and an homage to Calvin & Hobbes that had me snerking so hard at my own cleverness, I should just delete the whole scene now and save myself the editing time.
So, in light of the the first instruction on How to be a Writer—and maybe the third one, too—I thought I’d
give you the opportunity to mock my music taste share part of the soundtrack of this particular bookfrenzy.
Some writers hate writing to music, but I enjoy it—and not just because it drowns out the rest of the world.
Certain songs can get me in the right mood or help frame a character or set a scene—or just keep me going past the point where absorbing more caffeine wouldn’t be the sane choice.
Please note: this list might seem a bit
MPD eclectic, but I usually group them into mini-playlists, or just put one on repeat. Otherwise, I could risk getting the emotional bends.
“Demons” from Imagine Dragons, because it fits my somewhat-conflicted main character. Maybe his brother, too:
After listening to this song for a couple days, I finally watched the video—turns out one of the other characters has a cameo. Who knew?
“The Monster” by Eminem and Rhianna fits several of the other characters, too.
“Home” by Phillip Phillips, because it’s what most of my characters need, and it’s also what a particular character is offering, bless him.
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry—it’s been played to death and beyond on the radio, so I won’t bother embedding it, but it still works for a specific scene. The video is weird, by the way, but the visuals are excellent.
“Meet Me Halfway” by the Black Eyed Peas is my go-to for relationships that are going to be a LOT of work, but so worth it. Eventually.
The “Thunderstruck” cover by 2cellos is clearly a mood piece . . .
I also have their cover of “Supermassive.” Please note that it’s important to wear headphones when playing it, so you don’t hear your family begging you to stop trying to sing along.
“Scream & Shout.” Because it’s will.i.am and I don’t need another reason.
And finally, Martin Garrix’s “Animals”, which is NOT “What Does the Fox Say.”
Not even close:
Do you write to music?
What’s on YOUR soundtrack?
Remember the Writing Process bloghop? This week highlights the amazing Jalisa Blackman, who is incidentally responsible for introducing me to a lot of music I otherwise wouldn’t have heard, though she is in no way to blame for my taste.
Go see how a woman of twice my imagination is doing what she does.