Every day I hear the book

Taking my cue from Cheryl Klein’s Second Sight, one fun exercise I did recently to help myself prepare for revision was put together a book playlist. There are many ways to do this. Mine follows my major plot points, but you could also put one together that has a different theme song for each character, or one that represents your protagonist’s growth. You get the idea.

So without further ado, the book playlist for my WIP:

  • “Running Away” by Bob Marley.
  • “Hellhound on My Trail” by Robert Johnson.
  • “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.
  • “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR.
  • “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett.
  • “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC.
  • “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy.
  • “Every Day I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello.
  • “Johnny B. Good” by Chuck Berry.
  • “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult.
  • “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men at Work.
  • “Rock Lobster” by The B-52s.
  • “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones.
  • “Heaven” by Talking Heads.

I admit I had serious doubts about this before I tried it. But after I chose the songs and got them all on my iPod (thanks, iTunes gift card!), I find myself listening to it quite a lot. It’s helping me think about the plot anywhere I can listen to music, and some of the lyrics have proved to be, for lack of a better word, serendipitous. Which puts me in the odd position of thanking Thin Lizzy for a plot twist.

Tonight there’s gonna be trouble
Some of us won’t survive

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2 Responses to Every day I hear the book

  1. This is fabulous, Chris! What a great idea and so well executed in your case. I’m excited to try this for my WIP.

  2. cornelialo says:

    1. I love some of those songs. 2. I can instantly connect some of them to your WIP. 3. Now I think you need to include a mix tape—er—flash drive with every copy of your book.

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