I am genuinely excited to present my guest to you, today: Julie and I go way back, back to my earliest days on LiveJournal. I’m thrilled to see her publish her first YA full-length novel (she writes other stuff, too!) as an ebook. I can actually recommend it, too, as a fun and fast-paced read – I was allowed to read an earlier version a long time ago. 😉 I can’t wait to buy my own copy of Senior Year Bites to see what might have changed…
Please welcome, Julie Campbell! (And stick around for a giveaway at the end.)
MUSIC AND WRITING
First off I want to thank Kaz for having me here today. She’s a super awesome person and writer and I’m honored to be on her blog.
I know people have blogged about music and writing a lot, but I had an interesting conversation with a coworker and it sparked this post. Music is a powerful thing, it can provoke memories long forgotten, make people laugh or cry or inspire them to write.
I’ve read that a lot of people create soundtracks for their novels. I’ve never done this. Until recently I never even really knew who sang most of my favorite songs. The radio in my truck has changed that quite a bit. It tells me the names of the artists and titles of the song, and that’s pretty cool. As long as I can remember it. See, I’m terrible with names… that’s a digression though. Before said cool radio, I was lucky if I would remember to Google search once I got home.
That’s not to say I don’t love music. I have an ipod I play all the time while I’m writing, though I haven’t updated the play list in six months.
On to the interesting conversation: One of my coworkers listens to classical music while he dispatches. I finally asked him why. Not that his music is bad, it’s just that he’s younger than I am, and I don’t usually associate that type of music with his age group. He told me that, one he likes it (totally fair) and two he can’t listen to music with words while he’s writing, reading, working, etc.
I thought that was really strange. Apparently he’s not good at tuning out the words. We chatted for a little bit, then I remembered something. When I first started writing, I always listened to soundtracks – for that very reason. Sometime over the last several years I’ve developed the ability to tune out the words and just have the rock, country or industrial music jazz me along. But I used to listen to the Robin Hood and other sound tracks almost non-stop. That memory surprised me. I wonder what changed.
As a side note, I don’t create soundtracks, but I do have a couple of bands that, if I’m really stuck with writing, I’ll pull out and they always work. The big one is Earshot. Their song, Get Away, is the theme song for one of my favorite characters. (The character came before the song. I heard the song on the radio and was like, hey that’s Kat!) It never fails to inspire me to write. Unfortunately when I catch it on the radio, usually when I’m out driving, it inspires me then too. Alas, driving and writing are mutually exclusive activities.
How about you? Do you have any specific songs that really get you in the groove or are you a soundtrack-for-each-novel sort of person? If you’re not a writer, what does music inspire in you?
Leave a comment for a chance to win an ecopy of my debut novel Senior Year Bites. Please let us know what format you would like (Nook, Kindle, Epub, pdf, etc). Contest is open until the end of the day Monday, July 18th and is open to everyone. Kaz will announce the winner here on her blog soon after.
Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side. www.writerjacampbell.com
Senior Year Bites
Fight supernatural crime, it’s what superheroes do. Only I’m a vampire, not a superhero. That hasn’t deterred my best friend Steph though, so while I’m trying to survive my last year of high school as a blood-sucking non-hero, she’s dragging me and our other friend around looking for crime. But there isn’t any – at least, not until the murders start…