Hey, it's Jess!
Today I kind of just wanted to do a quick post on music in writing or revising your WIP. I think a lot of writers use playlists, and I for one find them incredibly inspiring. So I'm going to share my current playlists!
Since GYRE is written in two alternating POVs, I seem to have gravitated to two vastly different (and yet sometimes incredibly similar) artists. For Chelsea, my firecracker rocker-girl turned archaeologist, Fall Out Boy's new album Save Rock and Roll appears to hit the mark. There's a little bit of proving one's worth in it weaved with a "I'm back and rockin'" statement that I just can't tear away from. I LOVE it so much! For Trevor, a more laid back but just as intense album came to my attention: Imagine Dragon's Night Visions (which you can listen to in full here). There are a few more peppy, happy songs on this album, which works well with GYRE's light scenes. And, with songs like Radioactive, On Top of the World and Every Night, how can you turn the music off?
For me, the music has to fit the characters as well as the tone of the novel, and so finding just the right songs may be difficult. I assure you, though, it is SO helpful! When I'm stuck, I just put on one of those albums and suddenly everything's clear.
How about you, do you write to music? How do you pick it?