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While we’re in the book world today for sure, we might cross over to movies a little. We’re talking about playlists. A lot of authors create playlists to help them write their novels. I have done this before, and I’ll elaborate further down.
Music can create such a mood for settings, characters, and even the plot. In films, music does everything from heightening your senses to making you cry. It’s very dramatic and savvy at the same time.
In books, you don’t have the audio, but you still need the reader to feels all the feels and we do this with words only. I find while writing, music helps me, especially with emotions.
At first, I could only listen to soundtracks with no words. And don’t laugh, but I listened to a lot of Twilight sound tracks. I love the beautiful piano music. It was very inspiring. Then, I found I could write through listening to lyrics. I wrote my whole book, Summer’s Song, while listening to Remedy by David Crowder Band. There’s a whole story behind that, but I won’t go into it here.
Then I came to a certain point where certain songs inspired me. So I started creating playlists of sort. They weren’t very long, but they did the trick. Now I love writing to music and I’m always in tune to when a song makes me feel a certain way. There’s a chance it will be added to the list. I’ve even found that lines from songs can inspire themes and scenes for my books. I won’t quote song lyrics here because of copyright laws, but I like how creativity inspires creativity.
There are some authors who post the playlists for their novels. The readers seem to resonate with this concept and even offer songs as suggestions at the author request.
Where are you on this playlist spectrum? Would it interest you to see a playlist for a novel you loved? As an author, do you use playlists? Also, what are some of your favorite movie soundtracks? And while we’re talking music I’d love to hear your favorite song.