This year, for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I started a new full-length novel about about a 200-year old human-turned succubus who wakes up in the body of a human woman in 21st century New York. She doesn’t know how she got there but she’s determined to remain on Earth – and out of the Other Side (or the Sitra Achra as the demon realm is called) for as long as possible. Permanently, if possible.
As I’ve mentioned before I can’t listen to music while I write – the radio playing right now is distracting me from this post (or maybe that’s just ’cause it’s “Country Girls” by Luke Bryan, which I love!)
Still, I’m working on a playlist for this story. Songs that get me in the mood to write or inspire me when I hit a rough patch. It’s tough because there are a lot of different characters types and moods. Or maybe I’m still figuring out what it all about.
I have come up with a few. A few have something to do with mysteries and hidden identities. I threw in Hey There Delilah because it takes place in NYC – so does my story. 🙂 And it’s an awesome song
Two come from the eighties. I was a teenager then so perhaps that period and sound remind me of my own experiences of identity exploration and development. Parts of the soundtrack of “Pretty in Pink” come to mind even though there are no parallels between the two stories. The movie does explore themes of identity and acceptance as well as crossing boundaries, so perhaps the thread is there as well.
The list so far:
- Left of Center – Suzanne Vega/Joe Jackson
- I Just Want to Get To Know Ya – Jesse Jackson
- Who Are You When I’m Not Looking – Blake Shelton
- Hey There Delilah – Plain White T
I’ve also been listening to a lot of bellydance music because there are some sexy scenes in a club. Or maybe just because I like to bellydance.
This list is a work in progress and I’m always looking for suggestions, new music to check out.
What songs make you think of masks? Shifting identities? The secret selves we hide away from prying eyes?
Let me know in the comments below!