Yes, I know you find this stuff absolutely riveting. Okay, maybe not.
Anyway, DEAD THINGS is making the rounds right now among some of my Trusted Cohorts(tm) so I can get an idea of just how badly it sucks. Hopefully won't need too much of a rewrite, but we'll see.
All of this means that I have to get cracking on the next one. Can't sit on my ass, after all. On the chance that DAW wants a third book it'd be nice to have one to give them. Or at least an idea for a book to give them. Or something.
Music plays a big role in my writing. It helps connect me to the story and the characters when I've been away from it for a bit. I've tried using pictures as a touchstone, but that's never really worked for me. Too static. Doesn't give me a sense of who a character is, what the story is about. The music keys into concepts the way pictures don't.
It's a big part of my planing process. Which sometimes can stretch well past the initial draft.
I remember the playlist for CITY OF THE LOST having a lot of Massive Attack on it, though for the life of me I can't find the damn thing.
Here's the playlist I did for DEAD THINGS.
- Inertia Creeps - Massive Attack
- My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence + The Machine
- She Cries Your Name - Beth Orton
- Bones - Little Big Town
- Pepper - Butthole Surfers
- Haunted - Poe
- No More Room - The Scarring Party
- Sister - She Wants Revenge
- Casino - Soundtrack from Run Lola, Run
Right now I'm trawling through music trying to see what I can use for BOOK THREE. Yeah, snappy title, ain't it? Usually takes a while to pull it together. I'll run across something, the light bulb goes off and onto the list it goes.
So far I've got a couple Don Henley songs, Dirty Laundry and Sunset Grill.
Oddly enough I have trouble writing to music. I have to get into a groove before I can turn it on or I'm screwed. And if it has words it gets in my way. So I tend to stick to a lot of ambient for actual writing.
For the writer types out there, how about you? Do you use music in your planning or when you write? What do you listen to? What have you used
Thoughts? Buehler? Anyone?