Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Thanks Karin and Cathy!

Your comments yesterday inspired me out of my slump. Today, I sat down and wrote what I call a "bridge" section--action between two scenes--and really got into John's head and explored his inner psyche. Things are coming back together for me. If you're ever in doubt about how much I value my friends' comments, here's why. A little support goes a long way. :-)

And so does a good soundtrack. I'm back on my Twilight kick again--watched the movie again today to get another infusion of angst (LOL)--and re-watched the extra features, including a performance by Muse, the band that inspired Stephanie Meyer's writing.

Right now I'm listening to a CD of 30 traditional bluegrass classics I picked up at Wal-mart. There's nothing like music to give your writing a little kick. In my head, I'm compiling a little soundtrack for this book. If I ever become technologically savvy and acquire myself an MP3 player, there are quite a few songs that conjure up the feeling and mood I'm shooting for in my novel. I'd probably upload my book playlist, jam some ear buds in my ears and never come up for air again.

900 Miles would be the first download (obviously). And I'm growing quite fond of It's Raining Here This Morning. Since I mentioned it in passing yesterday, I realized what an appropriate song Landslide is. But strangely enough, the song that most inspires me right now is Fireflies by Owl City. I know. Go figure. It has about as much to do with 1916 Appalachia as Neotlithic cave paintings do. And yet, every time I hear it, I see another scene of my book. I hear the song and see Ivy falling in love.

You don't have to tell me. I know it doesn't make sense.

It's just one of those wierd little quirky writing things--like needing a pep talk from your friends now and then. :-)


  1. excellent! see, it's not just public whining, it's a cawfee klatch of writing!

    i was thinking more about your post yesterday and realized it's the conflict in each of them re: love that is what makes the story intersting and what drives you to write them.

    one of these days i'll have to read some of this you know. feel free to email anytime!

  2. followed your previous advice and bought the Twilight series - could not put them down! even went and bought the film! Like your idea of developing a soundtrack for my novel - although because some of it is reminiscing in the 70's there could be a lot of ABBA!

  3. There is no such thing as too much ABBA! LOL

    Have you ever listened to ABBAcadabra? It's all techno and house remixes of the songs. I can stick that on and can dance all day.

    Glad to know I'm not the only one with a Twilight obsession. And also glad I give good advice.

    I'd be so embarrassed if you'd read them and hated them. :-P


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