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Music: How to Set a Scene

What’s the best motivator to put words on a page? For me, what always gets me writing is the right soundtrack. It helps me tune out everything else and get in the right mood for the scene. Hence why I’m choosy about what I listened to.

When I was writing my science fiction manuscript about pirates, I tended to listen to Blackheart and Undying Love from Two Steps From Hell on repeat, because that sweeping, epic tone was exactly what I wanted to convey with my words.

Right now, I’m working on a contemporary paranormal romance piece which involves soul collectors, clubs and late nights. Thematically it hones in on regret, bitterness, and lost direction, so my playlist has a lot of 90s music going on right now. (Think the sort of stuff they’d play at the Bronze in Buffy)

Here’s one that’s been going on repeat:

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Quotes to Remember

β€œIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt