A NaNoWriMo Playlist

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Hello gentle reader,

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? If you’re planning on writing a 50K story in one month in November, you might be currently plotting your novel, doing research, creating a setting and building your characters. And if you like listening to music while writing, you might also be putting together a playlist for said NaNoWriMo novel.

So today I’m over at The Great Noveling Adventure to share a few of my favourite movie soundtracks, which you may want to add to your NaNoWriMo Playlist. Hope you enjoy!

New Project Reveal – Part 4: Title and Plot!

Hello gentle reader,

this week again I’m taking part in the Tursday’s Children meme hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez. It is “a weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them.”

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In these posts, I share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on, a YA Historical Fantasy nicknamed Secret WIP. Three weeks ago the first part of this “Project Reveal” was all about Setting. Two weeks ago I talked about films that inspired me to write this story. And last week I introduced you to my Main Character.

Today’s theme is : TITLE, PLOT and HOW I GOT THE IDEA FOR THIS STORY.

So withour further ado…

My Secret WIP’s title is LILY IN THE SHADOWS.

Here is the pitch I have come up with for it so far:

When all the flowers die in Victorian London, a streetwise flower girl with a love for books and a gift for getting into trouble investigates before the city descends into chaos and she loses everything.

I got the inspiration for this story from a song by Delain (a Dutch symphonic metal band I’m fond of) entitled Mother Machine.

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Here are some of the lyrics:

Little girl in a concrete world
artificial hurt
in your eyes
You won’t see any living trees
any flower fields in my time

Round and round and round
the wheels come down
Dreaming of the steam
the pounding sounds
Round and round and round
the wheels come down
Won’t you electrify my soul
intensify it all

(…)
I’ll fold you paper flowers little girl
for you’ll never see a real one

So are you ever inspired by a song? Feel free to leave me a comment below, and to visit the other Thursday’s Children posts here.

TGIF – 2

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads! Each Friday, she asks a question for anyone to answer. This Friday’s Question is:

Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?

There are many songs that are stories in themselves but there is one I always thought would be a great Fantasy story:

Night of the Hunter by Thirty Seconds to Mars

(Fair warning: this in not a happy song about butterflies and flowers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you)

I was born of the womb of a poisonous spell
Beaten and broken and chased from the lair
But I rise up above it, high up above it and see
I was hung from the tree made of tongues of the weak
The branches were bones of liars and thieves
Rise up above it, high up above it and see

Pray to your god, open your heart
Whatever you do, Don’t be afraid of the dark
Cover your eyes, the devil’s inside

One night of the hunter
One day I will get revenge
One night to remember
One day it’ll all just end,

Blessed by a bitch from a bastard’s seed
Pleasure to meet you but better to bleed
Rise, I’ll rise, I’ll rise, I’ll rise!
Skinned her alive, ripped her apart
Scattered her ashes, buried her heart
Rise up above it, high up above it and see

Pray to your god, open your heart
Whatever you do, Don’t be afraid of the dark
Cover your eyes, the devil’s inside

One night of the hunter
One day I will get revenge
One night to remember
One day it’ll all just end,

Honest to God I’ll break your heart
Tear you to pieces and rip you apart
Honest to God I’ll break your heart
Tear you to pieces and rip you apart
Honest to God I’ll break your heart
Tear you to pieces and rip you apart
Honest to God I’ll break your heart
Tear you to pieces and rip you apart

One night of the hunter
One day I will get revenge
One night to remember
One day it’ll all just end.

What song did you choose?

Music for Writing

I cannot write without music on. Some people need a quiet environment to write, I, however, need music to focus and be “inspired”. Sometimes, if I’m being lazy, I just turn the TV on to a music channel. But most of the time, I listen to music I love and know will help me to write.

Here is my writing soundtrack:

Within Temptation (1996-present)

Genre: Symphonic/Gothic Metal

Favorite song: Fire and Ice

Apocalyptica (1993-present)

Genre: Neo-classical Metal

Favorite song: I don’t care

Nightwish 51996-present)

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Favorite song: Eva

Delain (2002-present)

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Favorite song: See me in shadow

Thirty Seconds To Mars (2002-present)

Genre: Progressive Metal

Favorite song: Hurricane

Sucker Punch – Movie Soundtrack (2011)

Genre: Movie Soundtrack

Favorite song : “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” – Emily Browning

Wicked The Musical (2003)

Genre: Musical

Favorite song: Defying Gravity

What about you, do you have a soundtrack for writing?