02
Mar
09

Tim’s Sunday Quickie: Music to Write By

Alas, wordpress ate the long post I wrote — which is why I usually compose entries in a text editor and then paste them in, but I was in a hurry, and look what happened, sigh — but the gist was that I use playlists to help me get into the mood when it comes to writing novels. For instance, in The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl I listened to lots of cowpunk and alt-country (it’s a novel with strong Western elements), and in my moody standalone fantasy The Light of a Better World (currently going the rounds) I leaned on Thom Yorke and Elliott Smith and Death Cab/The Postal Service.

For stories, it’s not so important, as they don’t require the same day-in-day-out dedication that a novel does, and so the magic of a playlist creating the right mental workspace is less necessary. But some of my stories are inspired by songs — for instance, I never would have written “The Crawlspace of the World” if not for “The Absence of God” by Rilo Kiley, and the characters in the story have names taken from the song.

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1 Response to “Tim’s Sunday Quickie: Music to Write By”


  1. March 6, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Cowpunk? That’s a new one on me. What bands would you put in that category?


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