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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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16 comments:

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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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