Saturday, 11 December 2010

Music to write to...

I love this picture. I've been thinking about music over the last couple of days as sometimes it's really good for getting you into the mood of a scene, especially the angsty type scenes.

When I was writing The Watchers I had two basic playlists I used:

'EMO' - music purists look away now! I wasn't specifically listening to Emo bands but generally anything a bit dark, edgy, angsty or reckless. I found this good for writing the love scenes, especially where love seems to be thwarted and Evie is getting angry and frustrated.

'DANCE' - this is self-explanatory really. I can't say it helped create scenes as much as help focus me and get me in the zone. I've always found dance music helps me concentrate, especially trancey, uplifting stuff. It gives me energy and makes me feel alert and relaxed - the perfect writing state!

My EMO playlist is long but includes: Aqualung, Bjork, The Smiths, Evanescence, The Charlatans, Auf Der Maur, Pearl Jam, Portishead, Massive Attack and Moby.

DANCE list is eclectic but very chartsy and accessible, including: Chicane, Orbital, Moby, Paul Van Dyke, Future Sound of London and Jakatta, as well as just upbeat stuff from The Avalanches, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Primal Scream and Justin Timberlake 'Sexy Back' - which I love - don't ask me why!!!

Anyone else got a writing soundtrack, or a great 'mood' song suggestion?


6 comments:

Jess and Lola said...

I love most of the songs from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer album (or, the first album?). Songs like 'Charge', 'Temptation Waits' and 'Wild Horses' are amazing to write to.

Debbie McCune said...

Ooooh, must look out for that! Thanks for the recommendation :-)

Vivienne Nash said...

Hi Debbie, I have been away for a few days at a work conference in Coventry. Trying to catch up on all these tweets and blogs and emails and god knows what - takes up way too much time! Anyhow, a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS on securing an agent. This is just brilliant. Proof that hard work does pay off. Sincere best wishes and I hope all turns out well. ps - I'll be looking for you to sign my copy when it hits the shelves. x

Debbie McCune said...

Thanks so much Vivienne! Next hurdle is getting the book published... wouldn't it be wonderful?! Hope your writing is going well and looking forward to seeing all the writing gang after Christmas! :-) xo

Angel On The Wagon said...

What a great blog! :) There is a song called, "This is Your Life," by Switchfoot that I find very motivating. :)

Debbie McCune said...

Thanks Angel :-) Loving these tips, keep them coming! Going to You Tube all these songs :-)

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