When I write, I always listen to music. The music sets the tone for the scene, and it makes the entire creative process filmic in nature. Having sketched out the scene on paper beforehand, I watch it unfold in my head, transcribing the events down onto the screen.
Here are some of the awesome songs I listened to white writing the novel:
Mazzy Star has this deep, peaceful melancholy to their sound. Most of the tracks here are like that, because that's the kind of emotional mindspace I wanted to tap into when I was writing. Even when Michael, my protagonist, is full of rage, it's an anger that comes from sadness.
My favourite Naked and Famous song. Love the video, no matter how little sense it makes.
Love the pathos here (yeah, it's an Emo book, haha). Used it for a scene where Michael runs into his ex girlfriend in a nightclub.
I'm a huge Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor mark. Neither of them had anything to do with this song but goddamn, it's a good one.
I love love love this rendition. Bon Iver's talent is simply amazing. Words fail me here.
This minimalist remix was equally rousing. Reminds of Asia, where I wrote most of the fourth draft.
I want to write books the way Dallas Green writes songs. Simple, clear, true.
It's not all dark. Resolution is an outstanding track, made even better with Kygo's remix.
Kygo's talent as a producer is really amazing. Saw him in person in Canada about a year ago. Great show.
Tycho's minimalist, stark sound really gets me into the focus zone.
Icelandic shit is some good shit. Most of his stuff sounds the same but it's the good kind of same, like how every Nickelback song sounds like the same Nickelback song (which I love).
Discovered Houses into the seventh draft. Something about their sound is just so beautiful.
Music is powerful because it makes us feel something.
That's the same reason narrative is powerful. They're different paths to take to the same place: of being moved by a sincere, affecting piece of work.
"All you have to do is write one true sentence.
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Bret Easton Ellis