The story idea that I was hit with at the conference is in Scrivener and the playlist I made is a powerful soundtrack. Each song carries a memory or emotion that engulfs me, tumbling me along until I surface only to be swallowed again by the next one. I know as I write that those feelings will seep through my fingertips and into the story. This story is inspired by part of my time and memories as an adolescent. The songs are all mid-late nineties and I would be absolutely lying if I said that Hanson, Jewel, The Wallflowers, Boyz II Men, Live, and Matchbox 20 were not heavily featured in the playlist.
I’ve actually got two stories I’m writing and then revising SB at the same time. These two stories are pulling me so hard that I don’t think I could ignore them if I tried. One of them has a storyline and I know where the first act is going. The second one, the one with the soundtrack, is less structured. But I’m going to each as they call to me, for the next few weeks anyhow. I’m also going to spend the majority of this week in reading my peer critique partner’s manuscript. Listen, write, read. Repeat.
Have you ever made a playlist as a soundtrack for a manuscript? Does music distract or inspire the writing when you’re working?