Writing Playlist

I recently read a couple of interviews with authors in the latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market where the authors create playlists for the books that they are writing/have written. I thought that was a really interesting idea, one that I’d never considered doing myself. I know creating book trailers for new novels is becoming popular and that music often ties into those videos, but to build a playlist? That was a new one.

It got me thinking about the songs I would match up to not only the book I’m working on, but to other favorites as well. My running playlist is filled with upbeat songs with fast tempos that keep me energized throughout my runs. If that makes me feel excited with adrenaline pumping, then how perfect would those songs be for my book?! It would be akin to matching the perfect song to any given scene in say the Twilight movies or Harry Potter or Pump Fiction. Very different scenes, very different songs.

So what would your book playlist look like? Do you think or create playlists for your books now?

Happy writing! 🙂

  1. This is an idea I favor.
    Now when authors write books we can feel what they feel too in those scenes.
    With scenes being expressed through this medium.

  2. All the best with your book!

    • CJ
    • March 16th, 2012

    While I don’t really write/write anymore, I loved the idea of this post. I remember when I was younger I would always play a CD to whatever I was reading. Still to this day if I listen to certain CDs, I am transported back in time into those books. My two that are most associated are Jimmy Eat World’s “Bleed America” as the soundtrack to “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte (I know it sounds super weird but it totally worked) and The Cranberries’ “No Need To Argue” with the entire Nightworld series by L.J. Smith. Good luck with finding your soundtrack!

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