Droning soundscapes. Swirling undertones. Percolating noise. This is the soundtrack to which many of my stories take shape.
I have a list of go-to bands that work perfectly for writing mode. So while there may be a similar thread to the stories I write, it's cool that each one has its own personality, even though many have been born under the same musical score.
If my current story had a soundtrack, it would include whipping wind against rusted metal, dripping water into murky puddles and the rustling of shapes in translucent shrouds.
I hope it gives readers a sense of foreboding and wilts their spirit so they have to sleep with one eye open
What are you listening to these days? How does it effect your writing? If you could compile the perfect soundtrack to your current #WIP, what would it be and why?
Music: Svartsinn: Towards the Dark & Cold
If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you'll know by now that music is an important aspect of my writing routine.
When writing articles, I tend to listen something upbeat and peppy (live stuff by The Clash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Chemical Brothers work well) – anything to keep me moving and to help me get my work out of the way so I can play.
Fiction writing, on the other hand, needs music with a little more finesse. Ambient, trance, drone – these are the genres that help me tap into that deeper place where my creativity seethes and festers.
My latest playlist includes:
Somehow, this music helps me to unearth my voice by allowing me to channel to that deep, dark place, where the words seem to come from someone (or some place)…else.
At the very least, it allows me to provide a place for those strange thoughts to mushroom up into something that will hopefully scare your socks off.
I tell myself that so I don't have to think of my sinister alter-ego and the strange whisperings at night…
Photo: tijmen van dobbenburgh
Note to self:
- try to write all story ideas in ONE NOTEBOOK! it sucks frantically leafing through multiple books in fear of having lost that story gem you thought up last week
– you don't need to watch that episode of Three's Company again. Seriously. Turn off the television. Those eps of Supernatural, on the other hand…
– LeechBlock really works…as long as you don't cheat and unblock for an hour…or two…or use Seesmic to bypass Firefox and get on Twitter…
- more coffee at 7pm may seem like a good idea…but your dark under-eye circles are also on their way to becoming an abyss. That extra jolt or more cover-up? You decide.
Photo: Stig Andersen
My Current Works-in-Progress
– currently flitting between 2 of the 4 stories I wanted to finish in march. Yup. It was 3. Now it's 4. Can't stop myself.
– getting the urge to pick up my NaNo '08 project again. Would love to finish it and then go back and weave in tones of dank & stifling dread
– my fire-building skills are getting better but i still find myself getting distracted far too easily these days. Maybe it's the summer-like weather we've been having. That's a habit I've got to kick – and fast. Spring arrives next week!
- on the non-writing-but-still-relevant front, I've rehauled my website and hope to launch it next week. It looks sweeeet!
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Music: Svarte Greiner: Last Light from Kappe