Okay, so apparently I actually get busy and use my free time to do school/procrastinate school, and sometimes blog posts get bumped down the priority list. So, sometimes I don’t post for five days or five weeks (well, not typically five weeks, but still). Also, expect a post tomorrow too (because I already scheduled it….)
Novel Playlists! *runs around the room screaming* I love them. They’re a combination of music and writing, why wouldn’t I? For those of you who have never had the joy of having a novel playlist while writing, here is a brief description.
A novel playlist/soundtrack is a collection of songs and pieces that remind you of your novel and inspire you to write. Here is my process to find the perfect songs for your novel.
Step One: Open Your Spotify/YouTube/Apple Music
Unless you own a ton of music, do it on a platform where you can add music without having to buy it. Create a playlist with the title of your novel, or if you don’t have one, something like”NaNoWriMo 2017″ or “Summer WIP”.
Step Two: Know What You’re Looking For
What kinds of things inspire you? Would you prefer songs that match the mood and theme, or songs that describe your characters, plot, and events? I usually choose a blend of these things. A lot of people like soundtrack music as a background while they’re writing, but I prefer lyric music. Basically, know what you prefer.
Step Three: Choose Your Music
Knowing what you want, go through your music and if you need to, look for new songs, and at them to your playlist. I usually like about 20-30ish songs, but as time passes I typically find you want to take some songs out or add other ones in.
See? That wasn’t so hard! Okay, maybe it can be a little more intense than that, but I hope this helps you get the gist of creating novel playlists. I also have song recommendations if anyone needs them (I know some good songs, sorta XD).
Do you use novel playlists? If so, what kinds of songs do you use?