ROW80 Check-In – 3.4: The Power of Music

I have had music on the brain for the past few days.  There are certain songs that I could hear right this minute and point to a particular time in my life (I listened to the Game of Thrones Season One soundtrack while studying for the Series 7 and 66), or a particular story I have written (Springsteen’s “The Secret Garden”, The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”, and X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady” have all been theme songs for various projects), or a particular memory from childhood (like my brother teaching me all the lyrics to The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”).  I’ve been to my share of concerts and I’ve got a writing playlist that I listen to all the time and that only changes when I add new songs.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of music, and though I will never ever meet any of my favorite musicians (and perhaps that’s actually a good thing), it’s no less true how much I’ve been touched, inspired, motivated and at times emotionally leveled by their lyrics (I went to a yoga class not long ago, and the teacher had Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror” playing and I was almost in tears because it was the exact song I needed to hear in that exact moment in time). When you know that someone you’ve never met who had that kind of effect on a specific time or moment in your life–helping you write the scene, reach the goal, pass the test, dance with someone you love, resolve to make a change in your life–is gone from the world, I don’t think it’s strange to feel a sense of loss.  In fact, I think it’s human.  For whom the bell tolls.  The sense of an ending.  (See what I did there?)

Write 7000 words each week.  1669/7000.  It’s been a slow week in terms of writing, with yesterday and today being zero days.  I have eight scenes left to write in my current WIP and even though I have written for two days, there’s loads of time to get back on schedule for the week and on track to meet my deadline of 8/15 for finishing the first draft.  Hopefully, my mind has been percolating on the story even though I haven’t gotten any words down.

Journal everyday.  23/24.  I have started to set my timer for thirty minutes when starting each day’s journal entry.  I try to write for the full thirty minutes, sort of in a stream of conscious style.  It’s amazing that I actually could still write even after the buzzer goes off.  I like it and will keep doing it.

Read one book a week.  I finally finished reading Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, which I expect to finish tonight.  I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction or even books about writing so I don’t know how to rate this one.  Like I said last time, it has some good information in it. I’m not crazy about the style of the presentation (there is a lot of self-promotion by way of examples to get the writers’ point across) but I do think there is advice that writers can apply to their own writing and writing careers.

  1. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  2. This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  3. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
  4. Surrender – Lisa Renee Jones
  5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Ride Rough – Laura Kaye
  7. Entice Me – J. Kenner
  8. Anchor Me – J. Kenner
  9. Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith
  10. Demon from the Dark – Kresley Cole
  11. Just One Touch – Maya Banks
  12. Hard As Steel – Laura Kaye
  13. Hard Ever After – Laura Kaye
  14. The Iscariot Sanction – Mark A. Latham
  15. Random – Craig Robertson

Write one book review for my blog each week.  Nothing new to report here.

Walk/Run twelve miles each week. I haven’t walked at all this week and as I look at how the rest of this work week is going to unfold, it’s not looking good.  I may not get to the gym again until Saturday.

In case you were wondering, the theme song for my current WIP is “The Space Between” by Dave Matthews Band.  The project I’ll be working on next already has a theme song.  “Let it Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne.  Do you identify a theme song for each writing project?  What songs have you used? How has having a theme song impacted your story?

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Have a great week!

One thought on “ROW80 Check-In – 3.4: The Power of Music

  1. Sonia G Medeiros July 27, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I agree that music is so powerful. Some songs get right into my bones.

    Congrats on your progress! It might not be what you wanted, but it’s something. 🙂

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