I received an MP3 player for Christmas, and I love it. I have all my music on it and can listen to it whenever I want. The problem is: I have all my music on it.
Allow me to explain. I love music and each song on my Sansa means something to me. The problem is these songs don’t necessarily mean anything to the story I’m writing. This in turn distracts my brain from focusing on the story. It is kind of hard to write a fight scene when I’m listening to Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Kind of a mood killer.
This wasn’t a problem before because my player only held 1 GB, so some songs had to go in order for new ones to fit. Not so with my 8 GB beauty.
Fortunately the makers of my MP3 player have added a feature that I hadn’t used before–Playlists. Yes, I can still keep all my music on one player, but I can divide it up and only play the music to write by when I’m writing and all the others while I’m working out or pulling weeds etc.
So… My Christmas music will remain on the Christmas Music playlist, but Goodbye to You by Patty Smythe will go on my writing playlist. I’ll be cordoning off the love songs and sticking with angry chick music, breakup songs and songs about loss, confusion and getting hurt. And since at the end things will get better, I’ll have to add a few about hope.
Now all I have to do is sort those 516 songs and maybe add a few more that will fit the theme of the book–which is about changes.
Ahh, which reminds me of David Bowie’s classic song.