The Literary Nutshell: July 7 – July 21 (Top Writing & Book Posts)

  1. “20 Annoying Things People Say About Readers and Reading” http://buff.ly/1G9mMGQ
  2. “The best writing advice for new children’s authors from top editors” http://buff.ly/1HQhrKd
  3. “All Great Writing Boils Down to These 4 Emotional Appeals” http://buff.ly/1G9obgR
  4. “8 Things To Do While You Wait For The Next Book In A Series” http://buff.ly/1D2PAkA
  5. “9 Ways to a Faster Book Deal” http://buff.ly/1IQ7sRH
  6. “Here’s how reader analytics can help publishers” http://buff.ly/1Ny8c1Q
  7. “Amazon accused of ‘Big Brother’ tactics over customer reviews” http://buff.ly/1TnKtVu
  8. “How to Win at Publishing” http://buff.ly/1eIUYn0
  9. “5 Books That Are Legit Nightmare Fuel” http://buff.ly/
  10. “How I Got My Literary Agent: David Bell” http://buff.ly/1NQS6Qt

The Soundtrack to FATE’S PAST

Like many other writers, I like to write with music. In fact, I <em>have </em>to write to music as silence distracts me.  Because of this, I’ve found that I associate certain songs with my novel FATE’S PAST.  So, without further ado, the following is a list of a few of the songs I listened to while writing FATE’S PAST:

Cloud Atlas Soundtrack — “End Title”

I will always think of FATE’S PAST when I hear this song because it was on repeat for much of the initial drafting. There’s just something about the progression of “End Title” that I enjoy while writing–I’ll often find the pace of my writing to build along with the tempo of the song.  This is still my go-to writing jam.

Explosions in the Sky — “The Winner Is”

Similar to “End Title,” “The Winner Is” has a nice progression, though it builds faster and is shorter than “End Title.” The violin section always gets my creative juices flowing.

Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know”

I wrote the climax of my book while listening to “Do I Wanna Know.”  Its aggression and sexiness sets the mood nicely for late-night writing.

Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks”

This was my “revisions” song–its calculated pace and soothing harmonies helped the mind-numbing process.

The Neighborhood, “Sweater Weather”

I discovered this song (and The Neighbourhood) as I was putting the “finishing touches” on FATE’S PAST.  I also listened to it as I was querying, so it will always have a special place in my heart due to its connection with such an immutable time in my life.

Well, those are a few of the songs that would be on FATE’S PAST’s soundtrack.  Later, I’ll post the songs that I’m now listening to while drafting my current work-in-progress.

How about you?  What are some of your favorite “writing” songs?

The Literary Nutshell: June 29 – July 6 (Top Writing & Book Posts)

  1. “Why Books Are Comforting to Anxious People”  http://buff.ly/1HyNIHn
  2. “5 Important Tips on How to Pitch a Literary Agent In Person”  http://buff.ly/1dzBrVb
  3. “Literary Agent Interview: Greg Aunapu of Salkind Literary”  http://buff.ly/1C1aWn0
  4. “On Writing And Mindset For Indie Authors With Susan Kaye Quinn” http://buff.ly/1JotRIC
  5. “4 Questions Agents Ask Writers at Pitch Sessions”  http://buff.ly/1BvH02g
  6. “How Shakespeare Used Prepositions”  http://buff.ly/1eB9a1Z
  7. “3 Steps to Driving More Traffic & Selling More Books or Products via LinkedIn”  http://buff.ly/1R1HMuU
  8. “For Indie Writers: You have the control. Own it.”  http://buff.ly/1LA2tJK
  9. “The World’s 57 Largest Book Publishers” http://buff.ly/1LA1Z6v
  10. “Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read In June” http://buff.ly/1Knf2Hy