Hi everyone! Happy Sunday!
My NaNoWriMo word count update: 9,089
I’m right on track. I’d like to have a bit more, but I’m not pushing it. This is by far, the most productive NaNoWriMo I’ve participated in. Normally, I’m procrastinating until the last minute. This time, I’m trying to do it right.
I wanted to talk about a subject I feel like I read and hear a lot about in the writing community, and that is music. Music is a great tool for inspiration, and I understand why people make writing playlists to go along with their novels.
Music has always been a little tricky for me when it comes to writing. I am inspired by it, like most, but I have a hard time listening to music with singing while I write. It distracts me too much. I can listen to instrumental music, but sometimes, I write in silence.
I’m not sure what it is about silence, but I’m able to concentrate so much more. It’s part of the reason why I can’t wait until we have a house. Currently, my writing space is in our apartment living room. I have my desk in a little corner, and it works, but it’s not ideal. It’s a heavily trafficed room (even with just the two of us), and we have two (going on three) fish tanks running. If you have a fish tank, you’re aware that it makes noise. It’s a calming noise, and I like it, but it sometimes distracts me from my writing task. I’m apt to turn around and watch the fish. I need a room with a door and a do not disturb sign. Haha.
As I said earlier, I am very inspired by music and while I can’t always listen to it while I write, I can listen to it throughout the day and before I sit down to write.
I’ve never made a writing playlist, but for this post, I thought it would be fun. Here are 10 songs that I’ve listened to recently or use to listen to, that remind me of plot points or characters of Alter Reach. These are in no particular order, and I’m sure there are more. Maybe I will do another list in the future.
Lindsey Stirling – Lost Girls
Evanescence – Haunted
Nightwish – Nemo
Epica – Chasing the Dragon
Ed Sheeran – I See Fire
Lindsey Stirling – Crystalize
Enya – So I Could Find My Way
Within Temptation – The Hollowing
Amaranthe – Stardust
Leave’s Eyes – My Destiny
That’s all I have. If I think of ten more, I will do another list.
In other news, and I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past, but I’m finally looking into my options for publishing an Ebook of some of my poetry. It’s something I’ve contimplated since I started writing poetry, but never actually sat down to do. During my NaNoWriMo breaks, I am researching, formatting and getting everything together. I don’t have a publish date in mind yet, but I will of course, keep you posted.
I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty busy, but I’m looking forward to the holidays.