One beat or pulsing rhythm or lyric that catches on my heart strings, and I’m hooked on a song. My sister Katie (follow her blog Books and Wonderful Things!) brought a random song from Florence and the Machine to my attention while I was writing Chasing Shadows, and the chorus and a single line in the bridge of “Heavy in Your Arms” inspired the waterfall scene between Jade and Will (“The one who creeps in corridors and doesn’t make a sound.” Come on, people!). Sometimes when I get blocked, I take a break, close my eyes and just nap in the sunshine and listen to music. I’ve overcome many a writing stump by absorbing the tone and lyrics of random songs.
My writing playlist consists of about 150 inspiring songs in all sorts of genres so that there is something to fit any scene (romantic, intense, moody, tragic). But there is always one lyric or beat or chorus that so perfectly encompasses the entire mood of a chapter that, before I realize it, the repeat button has been pressed, and I listen to nothing but that song as it inspires the setting and the way I write, even how the characters respond to one another. Some music causes me to pound away at the keyboard as swords clash and arrows fly, while sweeter melodies make me slow down and smile as I pen a romantic interlude (ooh, interludes! ^_~). Music is, essentially, the backbone behind life and every story, if you listen close enough to the birds, the wind, and “every breaking wave” (*cough* U2 reference *cough*).
Since there is one specific song that really stuck out to me as being the lifeblood behind each chapter, I had to share with you the melodies that inspired Defying Shadows. If you’ve read the book, then you’re probably freaking out because you’re reliving every laugh and tear and emotional tidal wave that you experienced while reading the book. If you haven’t started Defying Shadows yet, then find it here so you know why this playlist is perfect.
On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeeeeeee
One Super Sweet and Awesome Tradition!!!
Every year, Elizabeth and I make a killer gingerbread house. This year’s wasn’t as wild as the two-story pumpkin farm/ice-skating rink we made last Christmas, but this house fit in so perfectly with our little Scrooge village! I can’t believe the countdown is over and that CHRISTMAS is tomorrow! I pray you all have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas, and don’t forget the Reason for the season.And, as always, remember to laugh and smile! Merry Christmas!
On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeee:
Two Lighted Trees!
Liz’s beautiful white bulbed tree and Katie’s and my even teensier colored tree deserved a little spotlight before Christmas. We’ve enjoyed decorating these trees with old and new ornaments and decorations. Looking at these little fellas for a month makes me wonder why we ever pack them up. Nothing like a little faux tree Christmas cheer!
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Fiiiiiive Golden Boys!
This present day of Christmas is in honor of my sisters, Katie and Elizabeth. And, hey! The coolest part is that it can actually be sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, starting on day five. Begin!
On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven Super Accents!
Unfortunately for you, this seventh day isn’t actually about foreign accents, but my favorite types of Christmas decorations and the things that are needed to make this special day a little more super…
Bada-dada-dada! The first snow!
A huge, fresh Christmas tree,
Ridiculously overdone outdoor Christmas lights and hideous Christmas sweaters,
Bright reindeer and flashy Christmas trees on a lawn,