Music seems to be a theme this week, and as we can probably all agree, a huge inspiration for a writer. Which makes sense, after all, a song is like a book.
~They both tell a story, so there's your plot.
~They both usually have a climax, somewhere near the end.
~The music is your setting or theme.
~The pacing is in the rhythm of the song.
~They both have a voice. Even an instrumental can have voice. You may hear it as a piano or a violin, but it's there.
One of my all time favorite songs is Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. And while it wasn't intentional, I think it inspired a big part of the setting in my paranormal romance REACH.
Max Schneider & Elizabeth Gillies did a cover of this song, and it's almost more perfect for REACH. Almost. (I love Elizabeth Gillies!)
I don't really have a playlist for REACH, per se, but I do have some songs in mind when I visualize scenes. Time by Paul Cardall is a beautiful instrumental. It speaks to me of innocence and discovery -- perfect for one of my favorite scenes with Luke and Melinda.
Enjoy the music and share a theme song from one of your manuscripts!