Building a Novel Soundtrack

With the majority of my projects, the “soundtrack” comes to me pretty quickly. Usually I just pick songs I think remind me of the tone and subject matter, or of a particular character, and throw it in there.

My current project has been in the works for three years now. It was the first novel I attempted to write, but abandoned it to write With Strange Aeons. I tried again for NaNoWriMo 2010, but personal issues got in the way and it sat abandoned once again.

Regardless, you would think that in three years I would know the songs that remind me of it, or that inspire me to write it. Hah. Not so much.

Building the “soundtrack” has been a slow process. But I love having a song list to go with my novels. Here are a few songs for my current project, so far …

Daniel, by Bat For Lashes


& when the fires came, the smell of cinders & rain perfumed almost everything, we laughed & laughed & laughed …

Mowgli’s Road, by Marina & the Diamonds


oh lord, i have been told that i must take the unforsaken road, forsaken road. there’s a fork in the road, i’ll do as i am told. well, i don’t know … who i want to be.

Rebellion (Lies), by Arcade Fire


sleeping is giving in no matter what the time is. sleeping is giving in, so lift those heavy eyelids

3 thoughts on “Building a Novel Soundtrack

  • Stephie

    Having a soundtrack to go with the things you do always helps things go by easier.

  • Lorraine

    I love having a soundtrack also. But mostly I had to pause here (while reviewing your blog for approval on 20sb!!) to say I also love Marina and the Diamonds. 🙂

    • Ley

      She's fantastic! I can't wait for her new CD. 😀

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