Written by Nathan Weaver
Since Night Aggressions has come to a close after 27 chapters, and almost the same amount of weeks, I figured I would share a few things. Like my music playlist that grew with the story as I worked on it. I'm embedding the playlist directly below (don't worry, no spoilers).
Music is always important to me while thinking about a story, developing it, writing it, and so on. It plays a pivotal role in my work. Sometimes it even hinders me, if I can't find the right sound.
You may listen to some of the songs in my playlist and wonder how they fit in? The soundtrack pieces may make more sense than, say, Warren G and Nate Dogg's Regulate. But I knew in my head that Regulate was the song Mandy was listening to on her smoke break. I also knew that 90s rap and hip-hop was her jive, thus the inclusion of some of those songs.
Other songs set a whole mood or theme for a chapter. Those songs I usually used as subtitles, if you were paying attention. "A seven nation army couldn't hold her back", "Your own personal Jesus", and so on.
Let's chat below in the comments
Do you find music works the same way for you, or do you find music to be a hindrance to the creative process? How does music fit, or not, in your writing? Sound off in the comments below.
Written By Nathan Weaver
Let's talk about writer's block and use this LinkedIn post from Kathy Hepinstall Parks as a launching point.
I think there's a lot of validity to the fact that writer's block doesn't exist. It's really just another word for things like burnout or a lack of inspiration. But those are nothing unique to just writers. Whenever I feel like "writer's block" has taken hold of me, I treat it like I would most things. I pause, take time to relax, maybe turn some music up real loud, and eventually something will come. The energy will return. And then, the writing.
If you've ever worked an office job, and found yourself staring at a screen with little energy to move on or even think, it's like that. And sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to get up and walk away. Give yourself a break, go outside, eat a snack, get a drink.
So is writer's block just a silly name for something we all suffer with in some way? What do you think? And what do you do when you're struggling to get your writing mojo going? Sound off in the comments.
Our beloved Trent Becker discussed writer's block and gave some tips on overcoming it in a previous post. Check it out. He's got some good tips.
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