A lot of people make playlists for their books. I am one of them!
I've been trying to figure out the best way to show you guys my INVINCIBLE SUMMER playlist, because I'm pretty damn proud of it, and because it was hugely, hugely important to the creation of the book, even more so than most of the playlists I make
So here's what's up. Tomorrow, I'm going to run a post on the first song on INVINCIBLE SUMMER's playlist, and I'll keep on doing that until I run out of songs.
Here's the thing.
Tomorrow, when I start these posts, there will be 23 days left until INVINCIBLE SUMMER comes out.
I am not sure how many songs are on this playlist, but I *think* it is either 20 or 21.
Which means! I am going to run out of songs to post before time runs out! What to do what to do OH I THINK I KNOW WHAT TO DO.
I THINK ON EACH OF THOSE DAYS, I WILL HAVE A CONTEST.
And who even KNOWS what the prizes will be.
Will they be petite lap giraffes?
Will they be copies of INVINCIBLE SUMMER?
Will they be bushels of fresh fruit?
Will they be FIRE??
Will they be CDs of INVINCIBLE SUMMER's playlist?
Will they be some combination of two of the above suggestions??
REALLY IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS.
So here are my rules for making playlists. I'm not enforcing them on anyone else! I'm just listing them because this is my blog and I can say whatever I want la la la la la la la.
---MAKE IT BEFORE YOU START. You make the playlist during the plotting stage. You can alter it later, but this happens before you get started. This is how you get the story in the head. This is how you let it roll around and chew on you and all that good stuff stories do.
---DO IT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. I don't write outlines. I make playlists.
And it works. If I don't know what happens next, I check the playlist. If I'm listening to the middle of the playlist and I realize I have four songs in a row expressing the same thing...uh, maybe something needs to fucking happen at that point in the story. Time to check iTunes for possible plot points!
---NO FAVORITES. If you know me at all, you'll know I love Motion City Soundtrack more than any healthy person loves anything. Which means I've listened to all of their songs a zillion times. I know them backwards and forwards.
You can't use songs you know that well. You need songs that you still have to listen to. When I'm first making a playlist, I put in tons of songs I've downloaded but never listened to if they have titles that sound like they might possibly work. If they don't, it's pretty damn easy to delete it. But The Music Gods make it work surprisingly often.
On that note:
---USE THOSE SONGS THAT SOMEHOW ENDED UP IN YOUR LIBRARY AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW. Those songs are there for a reason! It's fate!
---LISTEN TO IT WHENEVER. Sometimes I like to listen to music while I write. Sometimes I don't. Most of the playlist listening I do happens outside of actual writing time. It's the only music I'm allowed to listen to while I'm writing the first draft of the book.
You will get sick of it. You will hum the songs in your sleep. You will discover favorite bits of songs you don't even like all that much. You will discover that you actually hate songs that you thought you kind of liked.
WELCOME TO WRITING.
Just in song form.
I'll kick off with song #1 tomorrow.
Saturday, March 26, 2011