Anyone else enjoy cranking up the music when they're home alone and busting out their best moves? What Eileen calls dancing looks a lot like Donna having a seizure 😳— but there's no doubt music can move us. There's a reason that movies have a soundtrack in the background — it adds to the emotion of a scene.
Why not harness that musical power to help you write? Years ago, Eileen downloaded several film soundtracks and started playing things like the theme to Indiana Jones when she was writing a high action chase scene, and the Imperial March from Star Wars when she wanted to write a scene with a lot of dread.
There are many writers who create playlists to go with their books. Crystal, for instance, likes to have a theme song for each book she writes — something to get her into her characters' mindset and set the mood for the story. Check out the songs she played on repeat while writing the books in her Rivers End series.
We've found some resources for you to try out using music to help you write.
Who better to get playlist tips from than... a high schooler? And that's what we've got for you in this Hello Giggles article called, How To Make the Perfect Playlist for Any Occassion. (Fear not — she's not actually giving specific music advice. Because that kind of music help from a 15-year-old is something no sane adult needs!)
This post is really interesting, not just from a "Hey, I'm feeling angry/confused/stressed/lonely, I wonder what music would be good for me now," perspective, but wearing your writer hat. Wonder what your character should be listening to when she meets "the one" or later when "the one" turns out to be a dog? These Songs For Every Mood can help you with that, too. (I think I'll stream some Lily Kershaw... any idea how I'm feeling right now?)
Not thrilled with your writing progress at this moment? Feeling kind of blue? Well, according to researchers, listening to sad music can make us feel less gloomy, more animated, and inclined to dance (or shake like a fiend!). And if you're not at your desk, you might as well grab a broom and sweep to the sweet sounds of any few of these 33 Beautiful, Emotional Songs.
And finally, YA author Annie Cardi shares her tips for creating A Personalized Soundtrack for Your Novel. (Hmm... my work-in-progress is screaming for some Bad Brains, some Misfits, and some Social Distortion... looks like it's gonna be a rowdy evening in the Barker household).
~ Check out what's new at the Creative Academy ~
New this week in the free Resource Room
Do the rules about how to write dialogue leave you confused? We've created a resource sheet with some handy guidelines to get you started. You can find it here.
We have a shiny, new YouTube channel!
Over the last several months, we've been talking to authors and publishing experts about all kinds of topics that writers want to know about. Until this week, all of those conversations were only available to our paid members. But, we felt bad keeping these conversations to a small group, so now anyone can access them on our shiny, new Creative Academy YouTube channel!
So far, you can find the following conversations:
- Will Dages from Findaway Voices chats with Crystal about how audiobooks provide some unique opportunities for self-published authors.
- Donna chats with short story author and creative writing teacher John Mavin about how to be a great critique partner.
- Amazon bestselling author and creative writing teacher kc dyer tells us about how to use her Yahtzee Method for hitting word count goals in her conversation with Crystal.
- Eileen and Donna interview each other about the value of working with a coach to reach your next writing milestone.
- Author, editor, and PhD Amanda Bidnall helps Donna understand when to stop researching and get to the work of writing your book.
We'll be uploading new content every week, so be sure to subscribe to the channel!
~ For Creative Academy Members ~
New in our members community
If you hadn't noticed, this past week we added two new teams to our RingCentral community — one for Poetry writers and another for writers of Literary Fiction. With our previously existing teams — Romance, Mystery + Thriller, Speculative Fiction, Children's Books + YA, Short Stories, and even Non-fiction — members have spaces to discuss trends, troubleshoot ideas, find knowledgeable beta readers, share calls for submissions and contests, and just generally hang out with all your different tribes! Hooray!
All the office hours, writing sprints, and special topic 'hangouts'
We've got so much going on this week! Sprints, office hours, and so much sharing! The best way to stay up-to-date on all of the ways we are supporting you to keep moving along your path to publication can be found on Glip/Ring Central. And be sure to share with members any perfect songs for your playlist in the Chit Chat Team.
This coming week Eileen's Happy Hour is the same (Tuesday morning and evening!) but starting in December Happy Hour will be Tuesday evenings at 5pm PST and Wed morning at 9am PST. And yep, we've changed it in the calendar too.
And even though NaNoWriMo officially ends in a week, our special NaNo Mastermind Group will be meeting two more times — on Thursday, November 29 to provide that last push of encouragement to meet your November writing goals (all you rebels!) and again on December 6 to properly celebrate everyone's successes. Because, just like your the Grade 3 Science Fair, everyone is a winner for showing up to do the work!
~ Creative Prompt ~
Time for you to create a playlist (or two.) Either create a general writing playlist of songs that get you in the mood to get words on the page or create a playlist for your current work-in-progress. What songs match you book?
Donna, Eileen, and Crystal