I keep forgetting to do this…

Well, I may or may not have come up with what I want to say in the book trailer, but for now I think I’ll be Scarlet O’Hara and think more about it tomorrow.  Until then, I’ve decided to take my mind off it, relax, listen to some soft music, and read for awhile.

And that reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to post here for weeks.

I don’t know about other writers, but I often listen to music to help get me in the right frame of mind.  For writing certain scenes, to help me get into the heads of some of the characters, or to set a mood I might be having trouble with.  I also use it to help me relax when things aren’t going smoothly…and I’m about to chuck the whole story.

One invaluable tool for this is http://www.playlist.com.  You can create a free account and then start creating play lists and filling them with just about songs you can think of.  I often Google specific eras to find what I need, or just to jog my memory about favorite songs from any given year.

If I’m not mistaken, I have fifteen different play lists at the moment.  Upbeat, 70’s, country, 1920/30s and a lot more.  One in particular makes me laugh.  I called it ‘Pretty Stuff,’ and it has music like Pachabel’s Canon in D, Music Box Dancer, and lots of soft love songs.  And right in the middle of them all, for some reason, I included Lido Shuffle and Puttin’ On The Ritz.  Don’t ask me why.  I have no clue.  But there they are, and there they’ll stay.

At some point I suppose I’m going to have to take the time to make more specific groups of music, but I manage to keep putting it off because it just isn’t a priority right now.

However, it’s well worth the time to create your lists, and do searches for the music you love to listen to.  It does help for writing.  But it’s also pretty handy to open an upbeat list and crank up REO Speedwagon and The Bee Gees while doing your housework.

If you want some examples of the wide range of music available, check out the site and look me up (Kristy424).  Yeah, I admit it…I like a variety.

And now it’s time to open that book and ignore the other things I should be doing right now.  🙂

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