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Christmas music, kinda

By which I mean: Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney, together? Once the kids get home and play it for the Husband, this song will be on at my house nonstop.

Yes, I am counting down the hours till everybody arrives. I’ll be at Heathrow at seven a.m. tomorrow to begin picking them up.

Music to write by

I just checked my playlist. According to iTunes, the music I most often listen to while I write includes:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Incubus
  • Gladiator soundtrack
  • Inception soundtrack
  • Muse
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • The Killers
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Outkast
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
  • And, um, The Lion King.

Sometimes it takes a new song to help a writer understand how a character feels, or what she’s thinking, or how he sees the world. If I know what a character loves to listen to, and why, I start to understand him.

Sometimes I just need loud music to keep my adrenaline pumping so I can write a chase scene.

Today I realized that a major character in my current novel would burst into tears when she heard Dave Grohl sing Wheels. So I let her cry. Don’t worry, she wasn’t operating heavy machinery.