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Today on writing inspiration, my idea is...

7.     Make a playlist for your story.

Sometimes visuals aren’t enough for inspiration, and you need the help of music. With my stories, I nearly always end up choosing certain songs as the definitive songs that mean this story and these characters. It’s their song, man! Or rather, their songs, plural. Once I’ve decided what those songs are—or, more accurately, once those songs have popped up in my life and self-proclaimed their perfection for my purposes—I put them on a playlist (iTunes, Amazon Prime Music, Spotify…choose your favorite method) and listen to them when going for a walk or doing housework, and daydream about the story. I often find that I can’t listen to them while actually writing, because it’s too distracting, but your mileage may vary.

If you’re the type who can be affected by music (which is most of us), this tip can work magic on your inspiration. However, don’t expect other people to feel the same about the songs you chose for your story. Even if you have a devoted fan base (which most of us don’t, and won’t), readers will likely come up with their own favorite songs they would choose for your work. Similarly, they’ll probably have different casting ideas from yours. But that’s okay. These tips are for getting you to write the story and love it. People get to read the story and love it in their own way, just as we all have, as readers with our favorite books.

That said, if you do want to listen to the playlist I put together for The Chrysomelia Stories (the Persephone trilogy), it’s here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’ll come up with more daily tips for one more week before we’re done!



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Feb. 6th, 2017 02:43 am (UTC)
I love playlists! I'll usually come up with one per pairing (as I only write fanfic), but some stories are detailed enough (and AU enough) that they get their own playlist.

I also usually have the urge to share, but as you say, I figure not everybody will see how perfectly RIGHT these songs are, so I just listen to them on my own and stay in the right mindset.

Fun fact: the song "Savin' Me" by Nickelback has worked for nearly all my major fandom pairings so far, one verse for each character. It works so well that I've got different mental fanvids in my head for each of them. It is the little black dress of playlists for me. I know that I tend to gravitate towards a certain type of show and a certain dynamic between characters, and that song just happens to hit all the right buttons.

Feb. 6th, 2017 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes, some songs go well with nearly every story! I know I've applied U2's "With or Without You" to all kinds of things, as well as Queen/David Bowie's "Under Pressure." Quite all-purpose really.
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