Every Book Deserves A Soundtrack

Every writer gears up for a new project differently. Part of my process before doing any actual, you know, writing is to create a playlist for the new WIP. I may have the characters’ GMCs figured out and the major plot points roughed out, but until I get to the point where I’m adding songs to a dedicated playlist because they remind me of aspects of the characters or plot, my preparations feel unfinished. I suppose it’s because I’ve lived most of my life with my own soundtrack running through my head (somebody cue Jimmy Buffett).

The songs I choose aren’t deliberate, exactly. That is, I don’t go looking for songs to add. It happens organically–I hear a song and it triggers thoughts of a character or the story. Sometimes it’s a single phrase within the song, sometimes it’s pretty much the entire song. Listening to the playlist gets me in the mood for writing and deepens my understanding of the characters/story.

I finalized the playlist for my current WIP this past week (and I’ve started writing). I’d set the project aside for several weeks for various reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture, but I’m back on track now and writing up a storm! So, here’s the playlist for the project I’m now tentatively calling: The Sundered Earth. The list is by “Song Title” (Performer) – Related Character (or STORY, if it’s plot related)

The Sundered Earth Playlist

  1. So It Shall Be (k.d. lang) – Winter
  2. Iko Iko (The Dixie Cups) – Winter
  3. Piece of Work (Jimmy Buffett with Toby Keith) – Dallas
  4. Ice (Sarah McLachlan) – Stefanie
  5. Party at the End of the World (Jimmy Buffett) – STORY
  6. In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins) – STORY
  7. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (Styx) – Kellan
  8. Everything I Build (The Stills) – STORY
  9. Eyes (Rogue Wave) – Nate
  10. Great Heart (live version) (Jimmy Buffett) – Dallas
  11. I Know (Kim Richey) – Winter
  12. Crystal (New Order) – Gedeon
  13. Pacing the Cage (Jimmy Buffett) – Dallas
  14. The End (The Beatles) – Nate
  15. Everybody Out of the Water (The Wallflowers) – STORY
  16. Savannah Fare You Well (Jimmy Buffett) – STORY
  17. Rolling in the Deep (Adele) – Stefanie
  18. Stand By Me (Ben E. King) – Winter
  19. Full of Grace (Sarah McLachlan) – Winter
  20. We’ve Got Tonight (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) – Winter
  21. Keep Myself Awake (Black Lab) – Nate
  22. This Kiss (Faith Hill) – Winter
  23. You May Be Right (Billy Joel) – Nate
  24. Krafty (New Order) – Nate
  25. Crazy Love (Poco) – Nate
  26. Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly & The Crickets) – Nate
  27. Possession (piano version) (Sarah McLachlan) – Gedeon
  28. Apocalypso (live version) (Jimmy Buffett) – STORY
  29. Hell Above Water (Curve) – STORY
  30. Break on Through (The Doors) – STORY
  31. It’s the End of the World As We Know It (R.E.M.) – STORY

Think I should be concerned that I seem to own a plethora of songs which have an end-of-the-world theme? 🙂

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