Music Monday

Happy Monday. And happy music.

As I’ve been working on my new story, I’ve also been doing my favorite non-writing activity: creating the playlist. I giggle inside every time I hear this song; it kicks off my Songs-Inspired-By SPEAKING OF LOVE “official soundtrack,” and is oh-so fitting.




And then I get all melancholy, because this little gem is on there too.



 

I can tell you’re all super-excited to read about my fun characters now, right? Weeeee!
 
Ah, well. Happy writing to me.

Music Monday

Happy Monday. And happy music.

As I’ve been working on my new story, I’ve also been doing my favorite non-writing activity: creating the playlist. I giggle inside every time I hear this song; it kicks off my Songs-Inspired-By SPEAKING OF LOVE “official soundtrack,” and is oh-so fitting.




And then I get all melancholy, because this little gem is on there too.



 

I can tell you’re all super-excited to read about my fun characters now, right? Weeeee!
 
Ah, well. Happy writing to me.

Play this:

Music has always been my muse when it comes to writing. Sometimes, I’ve created a playlist after the story is written. Sometimes, songs come to me organically. And sometimes, I build a list before much of the story is on paper. . . . which helps me along when it comes to plotting.

My newest story “Playing at Love” is about a high school choir teacher and the school’s new football coach. (Smexy, right?) After the initial “thunder-struck” attraction, these two people are sitting on opposite sides of an issue–which was really fun to write. 
Without giving tooooo much away, here are the songs that helped me write this fun little love story.

Playing at Love – playlist
(clicky-click to take a listen)
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Cake
My Romance – Carly Simon
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
This Grudge – Alanis Morissette
Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat
Faster – Matt Nathanson
Desperately – Michelle Branch
I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

Play this:

Music has always been my muse when it comes to writing. Sometimes, I’ve created a playlist after the story is written. Sometimes, songs come to me organically. And sometimes, I build a list before much of the story is on paper. . . . which helps me along when it comes to plotting.

My newest story “Playing at Love” is about a high school choir teacher and the school’s new football coach. (Smexy, right?) After the initial “thunder-struck” attraction, these two people are sitting on opposite sides of an issue–which was really fun to write. 
Without giving tooooo much away, here are the songs that helped me write this fun little love story.

Playing at Love – playlist
(clicky-click to take a listen)
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Cake
My Romance – Carly Simon
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
This Grudge – Alanis Morissette
Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat
Faster – Matt Nathanson
Desperately – Michelle Branch
I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

Follow Your Dreams! (aka: I just got back from DFWCon)

I went to my second writers conference last weekend.
I LOVE being with with so many people who are in the same boat as me. I joke around that writing conferences are like meat markets. . . you can walk up to anyone and know they are there for the exact same reason as you. No need for awkward, “so, what brings YOU to a place like this?” small talk. 

Some highlights of my 2 days of writerly-talk fun are pitching to a lovely agent who didn’t laugh me out the door when I talked to her about my new story. And the two rounds of The Gong Show. I learned so much about what agents like and–more importantly–what completely turns them off. Yeah. Good to know.

I took loads of notes in my classes, but I’m going to include some below. . . so in case my notebook goes missing (it could happen!), I will have them saved in cyber heaven. Also, one or two of you out there might be interested too. Oh course. 🙂  Here are some of the points that really jumped out and grabbed me by the throat.
Think Positive.
Make goals, write them down.
Where do I want to be in one year?
Treat writing as my job.
Start the story in the breath before everything changes.
Get characters out of their comfort zone.
Torture your mc.
What is the worst thing possible to do to my mc? Do that.
Keep characters in the moment…know their current desires, fears, etc.
Give characters a lack, a wound, a mystery to solve and an internal conflict.
Create a memorable BBT (“big bad troublemaker”)
There must be a goal and an antagonist in every scene.
Be genuine not melodramatic.
Keep moving forward.
You are your brand.
“Break every rule.” -James Rowland (Keynote speaker)
Wow. Just typing those out made me exhausted. Excuse me while I collapse. 

Follow Your Dreams! (aka: I just got back from DFWCon)

I went to my second writers conference last weekend.
I LOVE being with with so many people who are in the same boat as me. I joke around that writing conferences are like meat markets. . . you can walk up to anyone and know they are there for the exact same reason as you. No need for awkward, “so, what brings YOU to a place like this?” small talk. 

Some highlights of my 2 days of writerly-talk fun are pitching to a lovely agent who didn’t laugh me out the door when I talked to her about my new story. And the two rounds of The Gong Show. I learned so much about what agents like and–more importantly–what completely turns them off. Yeah. Good to know.

I took loads of notes in my classes, but I’m going to include some below. . . so in case my notebook goes missing (it could happen!), I will have them saved in cyber heaven. Also, one or two of you out there might be interested too. Oh course. 🙂  Here are some of the points that really jumped out and grabbed me by the throat.
Think Positive.
Make goals, write them down.
Where do I want to be in one year?
Treat writing as my job.
Start the story in the breath before everything changes.
Get characters out of their comfort zone.
Torture your mc.
What is the worst thing possible to do to my mc? Do that.
Keep characters in the moment…know their current desires, fears, etc.
Give characters a lack, a wound, a mystery to solve and an internal conflict.
Create a memorable BBT (“big bad troublemaker”)
There must be a goal and an antagonist in every scene.
Be genuine not melodramatic.
Keep moving forward.
You are your brand.
“Break every rule.” -James Rowland (Keynote speaker)
Wow. Just typing those out made me exhausted. Excuse me while I collapse.