Thursday, February 9, 2012
11:36 AM | Posted by Lola Sharp | | Edit Post
When I'm deep inside my drafting cave I often go into a 'method acting' mental place, whereby I am IN the world and AM the characters. Sometimes to the point of total immersion, wearing the clothes that the characters might wear, decorating my writing cave in a way that evokes the setting, and drinking and/or eating the kinds of food they'd be eating. I surround my space with tokens and images and languages and smells and sounds that ground me to my WIP's world. (needless to say, I have a uniquely odd collection of...random stuff.)
Music, in particular, inspires me.
(That moment when a song is so powerful it gives me goosebumps? Damn, I love that.)
Music helps me 'get in character', in the mood/mindset I need to sink into to write a particular scene. Especially the moody, sad scenes. I'm sure many of you do this, too.
I am always searching searching searching (these days, usually on Spotify. the 'related artists' feature is very useful.) for new songs. And I thought you might too.
And, since I am currently in drafting mode (a YA magical realism), I thought I'd share a few of the songs on my current repeat playlist.
Perhaps they will inspire you, as well.
**So, let me start by saying anything by Fink or Civil Twilight is a big YES for me.
Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight:
In My Veins by Andrew Belle:
All This Could Have Been Yours by Shooter Jennings:
Cannonball by Damien Rice:
Breathe Me by Sia:
Yet by Switchfoot:
Okay, I'll stop now, because I could go on and on and on.
Oh, and because I think this is boss and I want it and hey, DMX, yo:
I'd love to hear about the songs inspire YOU the most.
**Please remember to buy songs responsibly, ethically, legally...the same way you wish your book(s) to be purchased.
"No days, perhaps, of all our childhood are ever so fully lived as those that we had regarded as not being lived at all; days spent wholly with a favorite book" ~Marcel Proust
- Lola Sharp
- My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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