Archive for April, 2009

Playlists to write to (sorta)

Posted in Powerless, Speculative Fiction, The Last Explorer, Writing, YA Books on April 2, 2009 by Matt

I don’t normally listen to music when I write.  I find that the story of the song often interferes with the story I’m trying to grab hold of and headlock onto the paper.  Occasionally I will put on an instramental – classical or jazz, but rarely.  In fact, when I’m at the office (ie. the coffee shop) I usually put in my earphones and listen to a white noise track to drown out all the chatter.

But I have noticed that though I don’t listen to music while writing a particular book, there are specific albums that I find myself playing again and again while daydreaming about the book.  I think any writer would admit that there is considerable time spent just thinking about the plot, the characters etc. and this usually happens away from the keyboard.  At the gym, on a walk, in line at the shop.  And I’ve noticed that I gravitate to certain albums for each book.  The might be thematically linked, or maybe the beat matches the tempo of the book, I don’t really know.

For example, for Powerless, I listened to Sufjan Stevens Illinois over and over.  Not every track, but certainly most of them made the cut.  And for The Last Explorer I keep going back to Coldplay’s Vida la Vida.

Strange, but there it is.  Anyone else have music that creeps into the creative process?