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  4. “8 Things To Do While You Wait For The Next Book In A Series”
  5. “9 Ways to a Faster Book Deal”
  6. “Here’s how reader analytics can help publishers”
  7. “Amazon accused of ‘Big Brother’ tactics over customer reviews”
  8. “How to Win at Publishing”
  9. “5 Books That Are Legit Nightmare Fuel”
  10. “How I Got My Literary Agent: David Bell”

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?

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  8. “For Indie Writers: You have the control. Own it.”
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