Yes, I finally tired about writing about my life and how weird it is at the moment.
So I decided to write something about being a writer.
And then realized that my weird life is a writer’s life and so it qualifies.
So I decided to write about writing.
And ran into a dead end.
OK… let me think…
Right. Here we go…
Certain songs always make me want to write. Other songs just remind me of my character so much that it feels like they’re kicking my subconscious to remind me to write about them.
Yes, I know it’s still early, but I woke up and pressed play to Muse.
And I must say that I love them. Their music is so emotional. Their lyrics are poetic – which is becoming rarer and rarer in these modern times.
It’s also perfect that their songs seem to have been written for Darrion. (No, he doesn’t sing in a falsetto.) But he tends to think about things that are themes in their songs. And of course, if you want to hear the most BAD-ASS song ever (and I’ll be disappointed that you haven’t heard it yet.), get Yes Please now. I’ll give you a few minutes to enjoy…
With my homage to Muse out of the way. Let me move on to 30 Seconds to Mars. Their new CD This Is War always feels epic when I listen to it. (I’m so proud that I’m yet to mention that Jared Leto is the hottest male ever to grace guy-liner.) Oops. Moving on swiftly and with style… Kings and Queens is probably the song that sums Doorways up. It’s all about potential, dreams and fighting for what you believe in.
In the beginning, Callan is avoiding relationships with everyone. And then something happens… But I’m not going to spoil the story for you. But just because of her mixed feelings about love and relationships, her song is Love is Only a Feeling by the Darkness. There’s another song, sung by the Veronicas that becomes her song as the story progresses, but due to the fact that some might catch on to what will happen, I’ll leave that one up to your imagination.
Gawain gets another Muse song called Unintended. It’s one of their more relaxed songs, but that’s not the reason why I picked it. See… Gawain, the cynical puppet master and person reader is going to run into his worst nightmare – someone he just can’t understand.
James’s story is all about being pushed to leave a legacy, which is why Linkin Park’s Leave Out All the Rest is his song.
Another one of their songs, With You is another Bad-ass song. It sounds like a soundtrack to the relationship between the three first mentioned characters. They might not get along very well, but they’re sticking together no matter what someone is throwing their way.
And last but far from least, Ward. He’s going through the same training as his best friend, James, but he’s the one that changes the most from it – with as yet unknown effects on their friendship. A song that perfectly captures this is Right Before Your Eyes by Hoobastank.
Those are far from the only songs that I listen to when writing. In fact, every character has a sound track at least three hours long that tracks their progress through the major plot points. Listening to music and thinking who it reminds me of and why is one of the ways that I get to know them. I also just pick songs that give me certain feelings, like joy or sadness – even fear and anger, so that I can easily summon up the emotions when I have to write difficult scenes.
How do you get to know your characters? Do you also use music? If you do, what songs do you love and why?