Listening for Love

A version of this post ran on September 8th on One Week in Love. Hi all, Julia here. I've talked before about the importance of music and writing, but today I'm going to touch on the songs that I listened to while writing, editing, and generally wringing my hands over "Seduction in the Snow" in the upcoming One Week in Wyoming anthology.

When I start writing a book, I create a playlist with the working title and begin throwing songs on it. Since I write historical as well as contemporary it can be tough finding lyrics that match the scenarios I think I might write (although let me tell you, if I had better French of any Italian there's a whole world of crazy opera arias that would fit historical romances pretty well).  That's why I go for a mood that feels like the book I'm writing.

Now, if I'd written this post back in March when I worked on the first draft of "Seduction in the Snow", I would have said that I put that playlist on and started working away. That's what it was like until mid-July when I read an article that said most people are less productive when listening to music with lyrics (even in languages that they don't understand). That flipped a switch in my writer brain, and now I suddenly can't write to anything that's not instrumental. Instead I put my playlists on about a half hour before I think I might sit down to write to get me back in the right frame of mind for the story.

Okay, playlist time. For "Seduction in the Snow" I wanted a few angsty songs, some confused, "Wait, are we a couple or not?" lyrics, and a whole lot of sexy girl-power blues rock. If I'm being totally honest, I would admit that I just listened to Pistol Annies' "I Feel a Sin Comin' On" on repeat. The problem is that just one song makes for both very poor playlists and blog posts. Here's a more expansive look at what was on my Spotify list.

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Listen While You Work

Tonight I'm talking music with the women of First Draught. I've been doing my homework before our live Google Hangout and going through all of my old writing playlists. I'll talk more about this tonight, but typically when I start a new project I begin pulling songs that either evoke a certain mood or have lyrics that fit with these love story I'm trying to write. Some songs pop up on my playlists over and over again. I've been dancing Swing, Lindy Hop, and Blues for a very long time, and I've always found those really expressive songs fit my playlists well. They show up on my all the time.

So here you go! 15 songs that I can't stop listening to whenever I write.

Ultimate Playlist

Make sure to watch tonight as Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, and I talking music with special guests Lashell Collins and Tracie Puckett. We'll be watching out for questions and comments on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to let us know what you think!