Music Monday: Composing a Book Series

Writing Song of the Day: Sing for Absolution by Muse (check it out below!)

Hey aces! So, we recently read an awesome post on the Blue Lipstick Samurai’s blog where she talked about the ingredients to writing a good novel. This inspired today’s post on composing (because it is Music Monday after all) a book series.

We are toiling with an idea in our minds for a novel that could possibly turn into a series (although we intend to write the first book as a stand alone- no pretentiousness here- WE PROMISE!) and we came to the conclusion that before we start we need to figure out the perfect “notes” in order to put together our “song.”

The Instruments You will Need:

1.) Characters- Varying types of people- some dark (think bass guitar), some cheery, eccentric and loud (think electric guitar) and some characters that are somberly in the background always sensing the doom (think acoustic guitar).

2.) Conflicting and twisting plots- Interweaving story lines that rise and fall within the story (think piano).

3.) Romance- Smoldering heat between characters- that of course causes more conflict and twisting plots (think violins).

4.) Action- Intense scenes of minutely described action- where the bad guys excel, but then they fall and the good guys prevail… but then you find out that the bad guys are still around because you need to have a second book, right? (think drums & symbols).

Throw all of those together and you get plenty of the successful YA series out there…and come on, you can’t tell us that this doesn’t sound like the perfect Muse song!

For more advice on composing book series check these out:

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Music Monday: Songs for Scenes Edition # 1

Writing Song of the Day: Songs for Love Scenes Playlist (check it out below!)

Hey there, aces. We hope you had a great weekend! This Monday, we are going to kick off the Songs for Scenes edition of Music Monday. What we’ll do for this special edition is suggest songs that you should listen to to help you write certain scenes. You know, those scenes that you’re trying to include in your WIP or edit from your completed manuscript. The ones that focus on love, fighting, intensity, somberness, action, and emotion.

This week, we’re going to focus on love scenes- whether it be literal love making, or the build up of a kiss or a relationship. Listen to the lyrics and allow them to help you break through your writer’s block and FINALLY complete that scene.

Good Songs for Writing Love Scenes:

  1. In Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel
  2. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson
  3. I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
  4. Overjoyed- Stevie Wonder
  5. Wonderwall- Oasis
  6. Unchained Melody- The Righteous Brothers
  7. Stellar- Incubus
  8. At Last- Etta James
  9. All My Life- K-Ci and Jojo
  10. I Caught Fire- The Used

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Can you think of any good songs we left off of the list?

Music Monday: Character’s Playlist Edition # 2

Writing Song of the Day: Blue’s Playlist (check it out below!)

Hey, aces! It’s that time again- the start of a new work week and time for some MUSIC!!! Why are we so happy this Monday, you ask? We have six, count them, SIX, days left of work until we are free for some summer fun. Woot, woot!

So, we’re moving on to a new character’s playlist. If you missed last Monday’s post: Gavin’s Playlist (from Pam’s completed manuscript, Wants) check it out here.

This time we are discussing a character from Quita’s completed manuscript, Chasing Manson. The manuscript came from a screenplay that we collaborated on. In our heads, we thought that the main character would look like Josh Hartnett (another one of Quita’s husbands-to-be) take a moment to revel in all of his sexy handsomeness:
Moment up! The main character in CM is 18 yo Blue Hudson. Blue is a listless high school graduate who becomes obsessed with Charlie Manson and the Family. The novel is set in 1972, therefore musical research had to be done. Music from the late 60’s and early 70’s were used to help shape this character.
Blue loves music and narrates sometimes with song lyrics- also the chapter and section titles in CM are all named after popular songs during the 60/70’s.

If Blue were to make a playlist it would look something like this:

  1. Yellow Submarine- The Beatles
  2. Somebody to Love- Jefferson Airplane
  3. Happiness is a Warm Gun- The Beatles
  4. Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
  5. Witchy Woman- The Eagles
  6. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction- The Rolling Stones
  7. Riders on the Storm- The Doors
  8. Never Learn Not to Love- The Beach Boys
  9. Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  10. Come Together- The Beatles

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Once again, leave us a comment about one of your very own characters- whether it be for a completed manuscript or a WIP and tell us what kind of music he/she would have on their playlist.

** Feel free to scroll back up to look at that GORGEOUS HAWT Josh Hartnett one more time. Whoo!**