Welcome to another Season of Cheer post! It’s day 27 today, and what could be more cheerful than music? We live in a tiny village. I work from home, and I’m usually quite content not to speak to anyone but the cat all day long. Music doesn’t count, of course. Music is like coffee, or a good plot in a book I’m reading… it keeps me going. That’s working music. Then there’s writing music. The kind tha inspires me when I have a tricky scene or when I’m stuck.
Spinning through my music collection often gives me the mood I’m looking for, and just reading song titles has gotten me out of a plot hole more than once.
I used to make up soundtracks for everything and the cat, and it occurred to me just the other day that I hadn’t done that in a while. It could be a reflection on the crazytrain our lives have been the last couple of years. It could also be down to the way my writing has changed since Job Hunt was published.
I’ve learned how publishing and publishers work, and I’m much more focussed on getting stories finished. I have a writing schedule now and a list of books I want to finish, and between the writing and the day job there’s less time to procrastinate by building playlists.
Does that mean there’s only time to turn on the writing music when I need help? That there’s no time left to spend an evening “recreating” a story in music tracks?
I sincerely hope not.
And to prove myself wrong, I’ve dug out the playlists I made for Job Hunt and Ghosts. They’re playing as I write and – without even trying – I can follow Jack’s story in my head.
Wanna try for yourself?
Here’s the playlist for Ghosts.
Gareth at his Christmas preparations. The odd one out in Jack’s dynamic ringtone strategy. Endings and new beginnings. Nico’s nightmares and Daniel’s parents. And the moment when Daniel and Nico’s courage convinces Jack to start making his own family.
All here. Right?
Have a wonderful, music-filled day.