(Bonus points if you can tell me the name of this song ^^^)
A lot of my writer friends say they like to listen to music as they write or before they write, and some authors have even gone as far as to thank their favorite band in the acknowledgements. This makes total sense to me, because whether or not they were ever aware of it, those artists really were instrumental–little pun there–in the writing process.
As weird as this might sound, I like to pretend that when I listen to music, the inspiration that drove its artist to create that song is flowing through me, opening up my mind and preparing it to receive fresh new ideas of my own. In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare wrote “If music be the food of love, play on.” And if what I believe is true, and music is also the soul of inspiration, then let’s ROCK ON while we’re at it.
Then again, I’m a little bit obsessive when it comes to my favorite things. (Just ask my agent about my epic, embarrassing geekout when he even mentioned the TV show Firefly.) Every time I start a new book, I create an iTunes playlist of songs that remind me of its characters, setting and theme.
I’ve even gone as far as to name each of my MS’s after a song. (For example: the working title of my first book is SWEET CHILD OF MINE. Followed by my current WIP, HEY BIG SPENDER. And the next book I’ll be writing, which is called CRADLE TO THE GRAVE.) I realize that these titles may or may not make it through the publishing wringer, but to me these labors of love will always be SCOM, and HBS and C2G. At least in my romantic little writerly heart.
So in the interest of sharing what inspires me, here is a random sampling of songs on my current playlist, which is named after my WIP “Hey Big Spender”:
The Ballad of Mona Lisa, by Panic! At the Disco
Portions of Foxes, by Rilo Kiley
Poker Face, by Lady Gaga
Nail in My Coffin, by the Kills
How You Like Me Now, by the Heavies
I Like to Bang My Head, by Lena
99 Problems, by Hugo
Dream, by Priscilla Ahn
Good Gone Girl, by Mika
Next Girl, by The Black Keys
Mouth Shut, by The Veronicas
Dancing Through Life, by The Original Broadway Cast of Wicked
Hey Big Spender, by The Cast of Sweet Charity
(It’s eclectic and weird, I know. But then, so am I.)
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