So, like a lot of people, I've been doing NaNoWriMo this last month.
Stop! Come back! I promise, I'm not going to talk about my book.
Oh, stop it. I've locked the door and you can't get away. And I'm not talking about the plot anyway. This post is relevant to the topic of this blog. Cross my heart!
I've never been one to listen to music when writing. I might find that a song triggers an idea, but I've never used music as a writing tool beyond the initial inspiration. Until now. I am inclined to think it's because of doing this blog for the last several months - I've started thinking about books and stories even more when listening to music.
Which is why, when I was listening to Follow Me by Uncle Kracker a couple of weeks ago, I started analyzing the point of view character. Mesmerically seductive, amoral, egocentric, selfish to the point of being dangerous - and then I realized I was describing Jack, my antagonist. Jack doesn't have a real name that I know of yet; I'm not sure if he even has a "real" name. He's a trickster type, changing shapes and identities with a shrug. He is also very old and very bored. My protagonist, Selah, is dealing with a complicated family situation that couldn't be more suited to entertaining a bored trickster. Jack is really enjoying messing with Selah and her family.
And now he has a theme song. It's proving to be very useful. Listening to Follow Me a couple of times helps get me into his head every time. I'm rather enjoying the extra inspiration.
Now I just need to figure out a theme song for Selah. Serious, conscientious, responsible, and a people-pleaser. What's a good song for someone like that?
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Are you using music as part of your creative process? Leave a comment and let's talk about it!
Music: Follow Me, Uncle Kracker