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