Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Novel Playlists - What Do You Listen to When You Write?

When I sit down in front of my computer to write, my usual writing soundtrack is background TV noise, the first-person shooter game my husband is playing on the X-Box, or various purrs and meows of my cats asking for attention. Occasionally, however, I will listen to music playlists as I write.

This was especially important when writing Magick Charm. One of my main characters, Rachel, was the lead singer in a band called Cajun Fried Steak. I listened to a sample CFS playlist as I wrote the scenes at Voodoo Pete’s, the bar where the band played. It helped me to visualize the scene in my mind more clearly, and hopefully make it all that much more tangible to the reader.

Here’s a playlist of all of the songs from Magick Charm: Magick Charm playlist

What do you listen to when you write?

1 comment:

  1. For me, I have a hard time listening to anything with words when I write, so it's usually classical or traditional jazz. Occasionally, to channel my inner Neptune I will play Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida over and over since there are not too many words in it anyway. And I'm talking about the 17 minute one with the long drum solo.