When I write, I almost always listen to my music. The music I listen to is always different, depending on which MS I’m working on at the time. I don’t know if the music dictates what I write, but I know the reverse is true! For example, this is the soundtrack to my forthcoming Girlfriend Fiction book, Three Things About Daisy Blue
The Corrs So Young
… and here is the soundtrack to Thyla, the MS I’m editing at the moment:
Pain of Salvation Halleluja
Ensiferum Lai Lai Hei
So … can you guess which one is a quirky story about teen friendship, set in Bali, and which is a gothic paranormal fantasy?
A lot of the time it’s not the lyrics that fit with what I’m writing, but just the general “vibe” of the song. Thyla is often quite dark, and sometimes violent, and also very lyrical, so metal music (with the occasional softer folky song), fired my creativity on that one. Daisy Blue is sweeter and quieter with, I hope, a sense of hope and optimism, so the music I listened to writing it was softer and bubblier. I wonder if other writers have a writing playlist? Or if readers listen to different CDs depending on what book they’re reading. For me, writing and music are intrinsically linked, and music has such a huge influence on my mood. It would have been impossible to write Daisy Blue while listening to Opeth, or Thyla while listening to The Spice Girls. Equally, I am reading the new Lauren Kate book, Torment at the moment, and when I’m reading it I must listen to power metal! Tell me, though: Does your writing or reading have a soundtrack?