For me, music goes hand in hand with my writing, and is an essential component during each stage of my writing process. From the get go, even before I start plotting my novel, I firstly have to arrange a ‘playlist’ of songs that will inspire me when plotting and which I can then play aloud while I’m writing my book. I generally have one or two ‘theme’ songs (with vocals) that resonate with me as a representation of the book’s overall theme – most of the time these come from various movie soundtracks. Then once I’ve worked out which ‘theme’ song/s are the perfect fit for my story, I can then work out some other accompanying instrumental songs for my playlist.
Armed with my playlist I then set to work in plotting out the story (yep, I’m definitely a plotter), while constantly listening to my playlist over and over again. Most of the songs will spark ideas for scenes in my novel, which is so much fun. Then, when it comes time to actually writing my story, as soon as I listen to my playlist, I immediately get into what I call, my story zone. So in a way, by firstly creating my music playlist and then playing it while I plot out my book, I ’m essentially training my brain that it’s story creation time whenever I hear the playlist.
With my current novel I’m working on (edits on book 1 THE BACHELOR BARGAIN in a new series, ‘Secrets, Scandals and Spies’) I have about 20 different songs in the playlist, with two main ‘theme’ songs that I felt best represented some of the themes and characters in my story. The first main theme song was ‘Rewrite the Stars’ sung by Zac Efrona dn Zendaya from the soundtrack of the movie The Greatest Showman (omg so many wonderful songs in that movie). The second song was ‘This is me’ sung by Keala Settle and also from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Both songs really resonated with the forbidden love that my heroine Olivia and hero Sebastian experienced, as both were from two different worlds, with an expectation from society that they could never be together. In particular, though, the song ‘This is me’, really represented Livie’s journey, and how she’d always felt out of place and different from others in society, but that she was reclaiming her power and declaring that no matter the impediment she was who she was, and the song ‘This is me’ really reflect that, so it was just perfect for her story! Even now, every time I hear that song, I’m transported straight back to Livie and Seb’s story, and I happily remember how much fun I had writing it.
Here are some of the words of the song ‘This is me’:
And here’s a pic of just the start of my music playlist (there’s 48 songs on it, so way to long to screenshot, lol):
Well, hope you’ve enjoyed my musings on music and writing. One person who comments will win a gift card. Take care!
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.
Dr. Alec McGuinness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.
Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?
Each book in the Saints & Scoundrels series is STANDALONE: * The Devilish Duke * The Elusive Earl * The Sinful Scot