As I’ve worked on my current novel, I’ve made playlists to help me with certain aspects. For example, there is a scene that is violent – a young girl is attacked by two men. I listened to Mad Season’s Above. The tone of the entire CD fit the scene and I whipped it out with no interruptions.
For the teenage couple, I created a playlist that included songs that have a mushy and somewhat intense vibe. However, when it came time to put something together for the adult couple I chose upbeat and playful songs. Both playlists helped me write scenes. They allowed me to immerse myself into a feeling and it shows on the page.
I’ve been struggling with the final scenes leading to the climax. Not because I don’t know what I want to happen but because I can’t find the right mood. So, I put together a playlist. It includes music by Kings of Leon, Mumford and Sons, KT Tunstall, Norah Jones, and Smashing Pumpkins. It’s created a surreal mood for me to immerse myself. Exactly what I needed.
Music is a huge part of my novel anyway. It seems natural to write with it in the background.
Do you create playlists to write to and if so, what are they like?