Writing to the Beat

I’d love to announce that I’ve been doing a lot of #amwriting lately. However, it’s more like, #amreading #amkindofdrafting, and plenty of #amwatchingnickatnite.

In an effort to get into a writerly head, I’ve been trying to think of ways to make the early drafting process more enjoyable. The problem is, the one thing that seems to work for every writer fails me every time:

Writing to music. I am insanely jealous of any writer capable of it. I’m always seeing writer friends tweeting their playlists to help set the mood for a scene and I’m all



I just…I can’t. I can’t do it.

Though I’m extremely envious of those who can!

I’ve tried. A lot. I want to be one of those writers. The ones who cue up their iPhones to that perfect playlist and have their characters’ actions become influenced by the songs.

On any given day, I’m just happy when I hit the right keys. My ideas come flying out of my head and my fingers are trying desperately to keep up. And no, I don’t utilize proper finger placement. I’m just going to say it: Mavis Beacon bored the hell out of me (except for that one exciting/stressful game where you rung up grocery store items with the number key pad–anyone remember that? Just me? Okay.) Overall, all of her advice went in one ear and out the other.

Being far from the proper typist, add music to the mix and it becomes more about typing to the beat and suddenly I’m making even less sense than normal in a first draft.

Then I’m thinking, “It’s been ages since I’ve been to a concert. I really hope I can see this band soon…in fact…hmm. I wonder if they’re touring. I’ll just take a quick look over at Ticketmaster…” Then when Ticketmaster produces no results I’ll check Stubhub, and then proceed to rant to anyone who will listen about the unfairness of ticket scalping…

and that’s that. I’m procrastinating again.

So to those of you who CAN write to music, answer me this:

HOW?? Share your secrets. How do you not get overtaken by the songs and have an all-out dance party??

And let’s face it: writer dance parties aren’t as cool as we imagine them to be in our heads.



Also: yes, I have yet another new blog design, and I sort of love it a lot!