Welcome to Monday. Hopefully yours is going well.
I didn't get as many words on the page this weekend as I wanted to, mostly because Thursday I fell down the rabbit hole that is tap videos on YouTube, Friday was my friend's birthday, and watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World something like five times this weekend because I'd rented it Friday from Amazon. (They give you three days with it and you can watch it as many times as you want.)
I could wax poetic about that movie's classical score. Fun fact: I wrote a good chunk of LADY OF SHERWOOD while listening to Boccherini's La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid, No. 6, Op.30. (I might do a classical music writing playlist post later, if anybody's interested.) There is, actually, a lot about this movie I could wax poetically about - mostly because I'm a huge Age of Sail fan - and the man who directed this film also directed my favorite movie of all time, Dead Poets Society.
That is a whole other set of posts right there, and we'll be here forever if you let me get going.
Back, however, to the tap YouTube rabbit hole. For those of you who might be a little new to following me, I started taking an adult tap dance class in September 2016. Tap's always been one of my favorite forms of dance, and something I had always wanted to learn. When I moved to Buffalo, I decided to just go for it, found a studio that offered adult classes at a very reasonable price, and gave it a whirl.
I love it.
Not only am I taking tap again this year, I decided to try jazz, too. (That's a little more outside my wheelhouse, but it's still fun and definitely challenging in different ways than tap.) One other result of this is that I occasionally wander down a rabbit hole on YouTube.
These are a couple of my favorites.
I spend a lot of time alone, whether it's at the apartment or in the car driving. As a result, I listen to a lot of music, both on the radio and on my own playlists. I also listen to music when I write.
I recently finished a very long (very difficult, most difficult writing thing I've done since I finished my first novel years ago) rewrite shortly after Christmas, and thought I'd share some of the songs I listened to while I was knee-deep in edits and implementing new plot points.
Writers can be a little odd. We have quirks, habits, and routines that might raise a few eyebrows, but the idea usually comes back around to whatever works for that writer, works for that writer.
If I'm going to have a marathon writing day, there's usually a few things I need. A good cup of coffee is the first, followed by a place to work (either in the apartment or somewhere I feel I can get work done with minimal distractions). The last and certainly not least thing on the list? Music. Sometimes the music is there to be a personal soundtrack for a specific character. Other times it's to help set either the tone of the scene or set the scene itself. While I might use a variety of songs, there's always core set of two or three that I come back to, especially when it gets difficult to get the words out.
Here's a few of my go-to YouTube selections from when I first drafted LADY OF SHERWOOD.
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