Thursday, November 10, 2011

Writing Exercise: Creating A Soundtrack For Your Novel

I got stuck yesterday.  Rather than performing my normal routine of staring at my laptop and pretending to work, I gave myself a challenge.  Since music is critical in my writing process, I turned my WIP into a soundtrack.  In other words, I went through my writing playlists and selected the song I feel best captures the events and mood of that scene.  Some were obvious; others proved more difficult - either a song wasn't the perfect fit, or, there were multiple "perfect fits" and it was hard choosing (sometimes I forget I'm not graded anymore).

The process was insightful and allowed me to look at the story from a different lens.  Here's what I came up with:

Chapter 1: SECOND CHANCE (Shinedown)

Chapter 2: BREATHE (Greenwheel)

Chapter 3: I'M JUST A KID (Simple Plan)

Chapter 4: JUST LIKE A PILL (Pink)

Chapter 5: LONELY DAY (System of a Down)

Chapter 6: MAD WORLD (Gary Jules with Michael Andrews)

Chapter 7: CREEP (Radiohead)

Chapter 8: LITHIUM (Evanescence)

Chapter 9: BRING ME TO LIFE (Evanescence)

Chapter 10: TIME AFTER TIME (Quietdrive)

Chapter 11: UPTOWN GIRL (Billy Joel)

Chapter 12: SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (Keane)

Chapter 13: IT'S GONNA RAIN (Bruno Mars)

Chapter 14: LOVE SONG (311)

Chapter 15: SET FIRE TO THE RAIN (Adele)

Chapter 16: HAIR (Lady Gaga)

Chapter 17: I DON'T CARE (Fall Out Boy)

Chapter 18: WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT (Twisted Sister)

Chapter 19: DEFYING GRAVITY (Idina Menzel)

Chapter 20:  UPRISING (Muse)

Chapter 21: UNDER PRESSURE (Queen and David Bowie)

Chapter 22: MISERY (Soul Assylum)

Chapter 23: CLOSER TO THE EDGE (30 Seconds To Mars)

Chapter 24: FIX YOU (Coldplay)

Chapter 25: RUN (Snow Patrol)

Chapter 26: FALLEN (Sarah McLaughlin)

Chapter 27: DON'T CRY OUT LOUD (Melissa Manchester)

Chapter 28: NEVER TOO LATE (THREE DAYS GRACE)

Chapter 29: STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT (Leona Lewis)

Can you think of a song that represents your WIP?

5 comments:

  1. Ha! That's brilliant! Love this. A very creative way of summarizing your chapters and looking at them differently. ;o) A song that represents my WIP? Uh...wow. Will have to think about that. Something dark(ish) and foreboding, maybe like heavy metal or something?

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  2. What if your book has like 500 chapters? And why is SYSTEM OF A DOWN in caps lock?

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  3. You have an eclectic taste in music!
    I don't make an actual soundtrack, but there are albums and songs that fit my stories and inspired the writing.

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  4. Oh, my man. That last question attempts to capture the things flying out of the opened box of Pandora. :}

    But, I can answer: It's Digital Bath by Deftones BY the String Tribute Players.

    Word.

    Great playlist by the way.

    Write on!

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  5. Chapter 4, 6, 15, 16 and 20 are my favorite songs and I listen to them everyday! Awesome choices, Paul. Music is my 1st inspiration. I cannot write a single word without listening to music.

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