Monday, June 15, 2009

Write On: A Little Writing Advice...Playlists

When trying to get into a character's head (which is, let's be honest, what you must do to write them fully) try making a playlist of songs or two about them (or for them).

A playlist is easily built at places like (go figure!) and generally it doesn't take a lot of time if you have some sort of clue about your character. It's a fun change of pace, and great for keeping you writing with them firmly in your head.

Here are a couple types of playlists you might build for a single character:

1.) romantic scene playlist (what's the background music for the love scenes?--if you have them)
2.) romantic scene playlist--their perspective (what do they hear when romantic?)
3.) theme songs (overall, what music--pacing, rhythm, words--should be associated with this character)
4.) fight songs (what's pumping through their brain OR swirling around them in a fight scenario)
5.) As you can imagine, the list goes on as far as you want to take it... ;-)

Have fun playing with building a playlist or three ;-) and if you're a textnovelist, link one to your novel so readers can listen along for fun!
*Come back Thursday and meet author Eva Gordon of The Wolf Maiden Chronicles as we kick off our Dog Days of Summer BlogTour! Arrrrrooooo!


Nara Malone said...

This is interesting. My interactive novel, Greyhound Summer, is built around a character who is a musician denying her gift and I've been using links to music and videos to express her feelings about situations. I just haven't figured out how to get clickable links in the textnovel version yet.

Someone on the site said my interactive technique reminded them of what you did, so I dropped in on the blog to say hi.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Hi Nara,

Glad you stopped by. :-) I just cleared all my polls and playlists from the blog this morning in preparation for The Dog Days of Summer BlogTour guests who start appearing this Thursday.

I noticed your question about links on my Twitter account (right before Twitter paused to do their maintenance--I had actually just hit send to my reply--talk about timing!).

I need to pop over to "13 to Life" on TN and jab at the html to figure out what the code was, but I can probably dig it up for you and Tweet back tonight.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck on! I'll peek at Greyhound Summer as soon as I can. :-)