I wanted to share with you a tool that almost every author I know uses. This tool is mentioned time and time again when I talk with other novelists at panels and festivals, yet, I’m not sure that everybody knows about it.
Many authors, myself included, cultivate extensive playlists we use to listen to as we draft our novels. Not only do we have playlists for each of our books, we have special playlists to set the mood for certain types of scenes.
For example, with Berserker, in addition to a general writing playlist, I have:
I play a song to begin each writing session. I find music is so emotionally resonant that it immediately puts me into the scene. My brain fires up and opens up, as if I’ve had a double espresso.
Many of my favorite songs to write to have a strong rhythmic drive. The rhythm of the music helps me stay in the saddle as I write. Frequently, when working on a pivotal scene in a book I will put a song on repeat. I get into a bit of a trance, where I’m not really hearing the song, but it helps keep me in the emotional tone of the scene.
Here’s the really cool thing you can do with this information — you can read to it.