Back on the keyboard after two nights off; Thursday was PS4 night and Friday was ‘I ate something dodgy at lunch and chucked my guts up’. One was more fun than the other.
Daily word count: 432
Total word count: 3,472
The words flowed well today, despite being dialogue, which is not something that I normally enjoy writing. I always sound false to my own ears, and put too many swear-words in it (I’m no prude, but seriously no-one swears as much as my characters appear too).
Today’s writing soundtrack:
I know, I know.
I KNOW OK, SHEESH.
What is with this music?
Basically; I’m trying to see what I write best too. I know many authors put out music lists, soundtracks to their novels, the music that they listened too while writing, and they are all inspiring, awesome, brilliant pieces that showcase the artistry that is music. I like that music too, but…it doesn’t always help me write. I wrote listening to Silent Hill soundtrack, to the pounding music of Mad Max: Fury Road, through the cool guitar heavy neo-soul of The Heavy…and writing was a grind.
I just sat through about half an hour of Avril Lavigne as I was writing the dialogue of cops speaking too each over a dead body and the words just fucking flew. I’m no Avril fan, I choose it basically randomly, but hell if it didn’t work.
Does this mean it’s Avril every night? Oh god no…I…I just couldn’t.
The way I see it, if you are sitting for 4 hours writing a particular scene (like a professional writer), you can cue up some music that makes you feel the way you want the scene or chapter to feel. But if you are me, struggling to write 350 words 5 nights a week, putting on music that feels like a scene just doesn’t make sense. There’s simply not enough continuity.
So to avoid repetition, I am in ultimate mix mode. Trying everything, good, bad, otherwise. See what works.
Disappointingly, today Avril worked.