I’m working on two projects, one of them a collection for later this year, the other is a story that had initially been with this collection, but it wanted to be longer. The latter I’ll be turning into a novel or novella. I haven’t written anything over 36k in a while and It’s frustrating the hell out of me.
My process starts like this, idea, create a writing playlist, start writing. This is how I’ve always done it, but I think outlining is where I need to go, and I’ve touched on this numerous times. But as the works I’ve outlined are still out for consideration and others are not, I’m going to lean hard into that.
The idea for the collection came from interaction on Twitter. I wrote a list of 30 story ideas with the theme I selected for the stories. I wrote or used stories I’d already written that fit with the theme of the collection as well.
I used Spotify to create the playlist for the collection and am working on creating one for the novel. It won’t be the creepy music I have for the collection, but more along the lines of music the works for the story. I know it’s weird, but that’s how my brain works.
Now that I have the music or most of the music I need to create the story, I think it will move fast. If you like the playlist, look at the others I have, some of them have quite a few listeners.
But I digress.
I know what I’m doing better than I did a year ago and I owe that to a lot of people, but mainly that I am a better writer than I was a year ago.
Have a good day and I’ll see you on this blog Friday. I have a review site that I’m working on. It’s about horror reviews. Mostly books, but I’m doing movies and sometimes I’ll do a video game.
I understand about needing the right music. Depending on the story and on my mood, I’ll need certain kinds of music to write the story. Sometimes it’s classical, such as the story I wrote recently involving the King in Yellow; for my novel Toyland, I listened to the soundtrack to the Broadway musical Moulin Rouge over and over again (still not sure why, though I have a few hypotheses). And for the story I’m working on now, it’s mainly soundtracks like Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, etc.
Yeah, I can be a Broadway nerd at times. Though I listen to 80s music the most.
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