Here’s a novel way to put together a novel. (sorrynotsorry ) It’s not one I’ve done myself (though I have written books that seem to go hand in hand with a soundtrack) but I know enough writers who do this that I’m going to include it because hey, if it sparks, it sparks.
I spoke to contemporary YA author Hannah Moskowitz to ask her a little about the whys of working by mapping out her story with a playlist first, and this was her reply:
for me it helps me figure out the pacing of the story. seeing where there are a bunch of slow songs in a row makes me realize okay, something probably needs to happen in this space, or seeing that i have a bunch of songs focused on one or two characters in a row makes me realize i’m probably neglecting some of the other characters in that section. it’s just a good way to see–hear?–how the story progression works on a mechanical level
Gottta say, I found the idea of pacing a story via speed of the songs really an interesting insight – something I’d never thought of.
Do you have ways of mapping out your story that might be considered unusual? Tell me about them – I find the different processes we have a fascinating look into the artistic mind.
And don’t forget your 100 words even though it’sa Saturday and you probably just wanna lie around playing Skyrim (oh wait, that’s me :P)