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Okay, that’s not really true, but I did learn something fun about it–in particular the process of writing it–from watching Criminal Minds. I LOVE Criminal Minds; it’s practically the only show I watch with any kind of regularity. I’d love it even if it didn’t have Dr. Spencer Reid.* Most of what you see on TV isn’t true, sure, but I’m giving the benefit of the doubt in this case because it was Reid who said it and, as a character notable for his brilliance, he’s more believable if the scriptwriters give him facts to work with.
Anyway, I won’t spoil this week’s episode for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but at one point Reid, JJ, and Morgan are discussing music and Reid tells them that, neurologically speaking, we solidify our appreciation of music at age fourteen. Our tastes might grow, change, expand, but no music will ever have the same effect on our brains as what we listened to at that specific time in our lives.
*light bulb moment*
A LOT of music has come out since I was fourteen. It was…a while ago. (BRB, going to eat a cookie and cry into my wrinkles. … … OK, I’m back.) When I was writing CODA, though, a significant percentage of the music I listened to and that made it onto the book’s soundtrack were songs I learned and loved, yes, the year I was fourteen. My first mental images of my protagonist in a club had him dancing to that music. Some of the songs–hell, maybe all of them–might not be the most shining examples of their kind, but I have such powerful associations with them that they were automatic go-tos when I needed to evoke a specific feeling in myself and pour it onto the page.
So, that’s really interesting to me, and made me wonder if I would’ve written the book differently if I’d known about the age thing. I think it’s actually possible there’s one small aspect I would have changed.
All through the writing process the book surprised me, marching off in the opposite direction to what I intended, changing and growing and presenting themes and ideas I hadn’t considered.
It’s sort of cool to know that eight months later, it still can.
*Admittedly, not nearly as much. He’s delicious.
A few writer friends recently asked me on twitter if I had a blog. At that point, the answer was, “No,” because honestly I’m not sure how interesting I can be in this format. I’m not sure how interesting I am in any other environment, come to that. 😉 Nevertheless, though I may not be able to add much to the plethora of excellent blogs out there detailing the journey from stolen-moment writer to published author, those friends were right to tell me that I really should have a web-presence in more than 140-character bursts.
So here I am. And because I’m all perked-up by having just made this blog, I’m not content to leave the first post as just an introduction. I’m going to talk about music.
On a writing blog. Yes.
The question of whether to have music on while writing gets a different answer from almost all of the writers I know. Some need complete silence, some have quiet background music on some of the time, others can only write to classical or instrumental stuff. Music-junkie that I am, I fall at the extreme must-have-tunes-ALLTHETIMEZOMG end of the spectrum. I literally can’t write without it. This reminds me of ninth grade, when I actually proved to a teacher that I perform better on exams when I have something to occupy the rather large percentage of my brain that is susceptible to being distracted by sparkles.
Recently, this has become even more of a “thing” for me since one of my current works-in-progress – and the one I am working on most diligently at this moment (when I’m not making blogs, writing introductory posts, baking cookies, or digging in the fridge for that last, lonely diet coke) is actually about music. This means that those hours of playlist-building, which those uptight people in my life might label procrastination, are actually research. Ha! Shows what they know.
Currently playing: an eclectic mix of guys-with-guitars of the indie-rock persuasion. The fact that most of them look great in eyeliner has nothing to do with my appreciation of their music. I swear. Though my protagonist is a guy-with-guitar of the indie-rock persuasion who happens to look good in eyeliner, so if anyone asks…it’s research. Inspiration, even.
It’s likely that no one’s reading this yet, but if you’re out there…what are you listening to? Do you have different playlists for different types of scenes? Different characters? Or are you the silence-is-golden type?