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April 27, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Musical Manuscripts

Kate Hart
I thought I was the queen of ridiculously long WIP playlists. Then Kody said her playlists have over 100 songs, which puts my 60+ to shame. But it's still plenty. Why so many? Two reasons: One, I write dual POV, which means I'm constantly switching back and forth in tone; two, I have at least one song for every. single. scene, listed on my Excel outline beside the chapter number, location, date...

Yes. I am that anal.

Anyway! I have posted before about the songs that really inspired my contemporary, After the Fall, and the song that partially inspired its title. But there are a few other songs that have become so indelibly linked to ATF in my head that I stop and sigh when I hear them.

Way back before I even joined YA Highway, I posted the theme songs for my paranormal, Refuge, with the earlier incarnation of this prompt. But Refuge is becoming a totally new and different book, and with those changes have come changes to its playlist. These songs are my mental accompaniment to the first three scenes:

and a few that represent the schizophrenic nature of a paranormal about good ole boys:

I'm also working (mentally, not on paper) on a second contemporary that has several working titles, and I don't like any of them. (A Month of Sundays. Jezebel. *thumbs down*) It's outlined and whenever I hear a possible song for its playlist, I toss it on here.

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  1. I love that you have songs for each scene. Why am I not this awesome?

  2. Wow. I can't believe you have a different song for each scene. That's a really good idea. I don't want to think about how long it took to come up with them all.

  3. songs for each scene? hmm *ponders* by george, i think you've got something made of win here! :)

  4. A song for every scene? Whoa!
    You have great taste, Kate!

  5. Ooh, I have to try out this song for every scene idea. Great choices! :)

  6. awesome. (have you ever heard alison krauss's version of "can't find my way home"? it's just about perfect.)

  7. I'm with Kaitlin... I want to be as awesome as you!

  8. This makes me wish my novel wasn't set in 1850... but then i remember I'm way too lazy to do this. Great taste, btw :)

  9. I LOVE the idea of songs for each scene! Brilliant!

    You have awesome taste in music...all of these songs are so rad.

  10. Wow, you definitely put my random playlist to shame. My WIP playlists are always in the 20+ range, with one around Kody's 100 mark, but I definitely don't have them in an Excel spreadsheet. Actually, I'm pretty sure I don't have any Excel spreadsheets. At all.

    Thanks for the great song list! To the iTunes!

    - Liz

  11. The only artists I know from your list are F+TM, Radiohead, and Led Zepplin... I've never heard that Florence song, but WOW is it haunting!

  12. I have songs for certain scenes and certain characters, too. Once the book has been out for a bit, I want to put together a reader/listener guide noting what songs go with which scenes and characters. Sorry. End geekery.

    And yay for The Shins!

    And I swear there was a week where I was working on edits and listened to "Blinding" on repeat.

  13. I honestly have no idea how everyone listens to music while they write... it would distract me way too much! But I guess whatever works for you...


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