Holy SNAP, it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo! While technically I know this (because it’s October 22, for crying out loud!) things have been so crazy lately that it hasn’t had time to sink in. Well, you know what? I just passed by a calendar. And there are, count them, nine days until NaNo!
*cue incessant screaming*
No concrete idea yet, but a plot always manages to carve itself out of the stone. There’s something that definitely helps it along, however: a soundtrack.
I like to write to unfamiliar music. If I know the lyrics, then I concentrate on them instead of the story. But there’s something about writing along to something you’ve never heard before, and all of a sudden you catch a strange lyric or two. Magic happens. Often music will serve as a sort of catalyst, and my piece will veer into exciting, unexpected directions. I shiver just thinking about it.
My first novel was written to a rather odd soundtrack of Sufjen Stevens, Breaking Benjamin, and AFI. My friend sent me a mix CD, and suddenly I found the main character’s theme song. When I wrote a particularly intense scene, I looped that song and wrote the scene fast, furiously, and with tears running down my face. Suddenly Ray was brought to life by AFI’s “Silver and Cold”. The story was better because of it.
So! Since there is a week and a half until NaNo, I am searching for new inspiration. Would anybody care to join me on this search? I’ll be making a NaNoWriMo music mix, and if anybody would be interested in a CD exchange, let me know! Email me at mercedesyardley (at) gmail (dot) com and we can swap! Let’s see how music shapes our imaginations.
On a side note, I suddenly have an unhealthy fascination with 90’s sitcoms. Blossom, My So-Called Life, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose…why can’t I get them out of my mind?! Oh, the horror! The delicious, delightful horror!
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