I’ve joked on Twitter that a book feels real for me, that I’ve reached the point of no return, when I’ve made a playlist for it. I’m only kind of joking, I guess. I write to music, as I know many writers do. Part of my process of getting into a book, once I’ve done the outline and gotten started on the writing, is to put together a playlist. Each of my books has a tone to it. Lost Girl is very kick-ass, stadium rock in tone. Broken is a little heavier, a little more introspective. And Home….well. Home is a hot mess of emotion. Lots of anger. Sadness and loss. Yearning. And a little bit of brightness. Certain scenes/sections were written with certain songs on repeat, and, for me, at least, it helped keep my tone consistent. Though I will admit that there are a few songs on this list I don’t want to hear again for a very, very long time.
I am also aware that I’m probably showing my age a bit with this playlist. Yes. I’m a 36 year old woman who still believes nothing music-wise will ever top the 90s. Now get offa my lawn! 🙂
Here is a sampling of five of the tracks on the Home playlist.
1. Eminem – Survival
This was also on the Broken playlist. I kind of consider it Molly’s theme song, and I listen to it a lot during fight scenes and other confrontations. Molly has a lot of those, so….yeah.
2. Nine Inch Nails – Every Day is Exactly the Same
There were several sections of this book that were written to this song.
3. NIrvana – Territorial Pissings
This was probably the second-most played song during the writing of Home. “Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you.” Yup. 🙂
4. Hole – Dying
This was huge during some of the later scenes of the book. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
5. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
Doesn’t really fit with the rest of the playlist, does it? It’s okay. Like I said, I go for tone, and this was exactly what I needed for some parts of the book, especially the very end and the epilogue. While in some ways, the last chapter is heartbreaking, I felt like it was very much Molly saying good bye to one part of her life and embracing her role as a hero.
So, that’s that. There were actually 16 songs on the Home playlist (which you can see here, if you’re interested) but these 5 were the ones I played the most.