Musically Challenged

Musically challenge
There for Tomorrow – Dark Purple Sky


I have a confession to make.

I can’t write without music.

It’s almost impossible.

And this book is a beast. It’s been with me for 12 years, in that time I’ve been through a lot, musically.

There are authors out there that I follow that do the same, and some of them, like Laurell K Hamilton, have different sounds for different moments/moods/scenes. Some people find that these are actually boring snippets, but I love hearing about these moments from authors. I can spend hours and house on end just pouring over Twitter and Facebook to find snippets of this. Partly so that I’m not insane and partly because I’m so curious. It’s crazy.

My novel has come through my boy band phase (please Backstreet Boys are still the shit!), my trance stage, my Linkin Park stage, back to my boy band stage before finally whatever writing to whatever song I’m obsessed with. The latter has been the hardest to deal with.

Through November I was writing to Parachute by Lawson on repeat. On. Repeat.

Now most people would be going insane, but I still adore the song and I’m a bit like Pavlov’s dog. Every time I hear the song I want to go and write. So you can figure out how annoying that gets when I’m at the supermarket or on the bus or waiting for a friend and I hear the song. Sometimes I whip out my tablet (samsung galaxy note respectfully) and I start jotting down words in Evernote (LIFESAVER APP!) but most of the time I just ride it out. But this rewrite. It’s a fucking nightmare. I’ve burned through Parachute. Actually burned through. I play it and my brain is like, no. So I switched it up and now I’m struggling to find a song that resonates enough to be played over and over again (and one I haven’t already played to death….Hurricane by 30stm, anyone?). So I’m asking all of you followers out there. Hit me up with some  music requests. I’m picky but I’m open to using new things. Plus I want to hear from you guys.

Does music float your boat when you’re writing? Or doesn’t it and why? Let me know. Leave me some notes!

Ps. if you ever see me tweeting Backstreet Boys lyrics, you know it’s a bad writing day.

Mandi is a writer, reader, dreamer and is breaking procrastinating inner editors, one at a time.


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