Savannah Page reveals her writing music box.
Like many authors, music with lyrics can be a bit distracting when writing. Whenever I sit down to a writing session I have to begin the first hour in complete silence. It’s as if I’m letting the muse know it can come and will be heard. Once my fingers are tapping away then I’ll turn on some of my favorites: classical, pure piano, or jazz. Only when I’m really hacking away at my word count do I turn on tunes with lyrics.
I always have particular songs that run on a continuous loop when I write my final chapter and/or scene. They help get me into that final, climactic mood. The songs are usually sappy and dramatic, or upbeat and fun, which is usually the ideal inspiration for the endings I tend to write.
Although, I must admit that I need to be careful with my playlists. I was listening to the Dark Knight and Inception soundtracks rather heavily recently. Hans Zimmer is brilliant but I better stick to his lighter soundtracks, like The Holiday (a top fave). I found myself wanting to write a lot of tense scenes!
Here are some of the songs that have helped me type out THE END (and plenty of scenes beforehand):
* Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Drown Out
* Klingande’s Jubel
* Goo Goo Doll’s Slide
* The Civil Wars’s Poison & Wine
* Dashboard Confessional’s Belle of the Boulevard
* Agnes Obel’s Dorian
* Ellie Goulding’s Lights and This Love
* Adele’s I Can’t Make You Love Me and Someone Like You
* Emeli Sandé’s Mountains
* The Chain Gang of 1974’s Sleepwalking
Then there are some of those artists and albums that are the gold in my writing toolbox. The classics, especially Vivaldi and Mozart are solid, and I can’t go wrong with 1980s tunes, especially from Phil Collins and U2. When writing, I love listening to everything from Chris Botti, Ben Howard, Angus and Julia Stone, Kenny G, Sting, and Peter Bradley Adams; The Father of the Bride soundtracks are fab, and James Vincent McMorrow’s album Early in the Morningis very inspiring.
Lately I can’t get enough of repetitious and instrument-heavy albums like Etherwood (Etherwood) and II (Moderat). The repetition helps me keep running with a string of thoughts; and pure instrumentation, especially when there are a lot of levels and various instruments strung together, makes me feel completely inspired. These particular albums really get my creative juices flowing and I’ve been plotting two new books like crazy thanks to them!
So, there you have it, some fun songs and albums you may like to take a looksie for yourself. I find that a lot of the music I enjoy during a long car ride, when I have lots of time and space to contemplate new book ideas and interesting dialogue, is the same mix I flip on when writing.
What are some of your favorite albums, songs, and artists? I love swapping music recommendations!
Happy Reading and Grooving Out!
Emily Saunders has never thought twice about grabbing her passport, rucksack, and camera and trekking across the globe. If there’s an NGO, a study abroad program, or simply the travel itch, Emily’s on the first plane out. Free-spirited, open-minded, and eager to explore, it’s no wonder Emily’s hardly in one spot (or relationship) for long.
For the past year and a half, though, Emily’s found herself planted in her college hometown of Seattle. She’s surrounded by her best friends, has steady work as a photographer and at her friend Sophie’s cafe, and is certainly kept busy by the wild antics of her BFF Jackie. Life’s enjoyable, but Emily’s looking for something more. She’s ready for a change, for adventure! But when Emily tells her girlfriends she’s ready for something new she does not expect Operation Blind Date! Sure, Emily’s single. Sure, she hopes to some day find true love. But being thrown into an insane challenge like this is not exactly the adventure she had in mind! Couldn’t she just travel and focus on her photography? Or volunteer in Africa? Will a string of eligible bachelors lined up by her friends–a shot at finding a real and lasting love – really be that change she’s searching for?
This is a spirited story about seeking adventure while being true to yourself, wherever you are in life. It’s a story about love, risk, and self-discovery. About what happens when girlfriends take chances.
Savannah Page, a native southern Californian, studied at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma where she earned Bachelor degrees in English Literature and German, and a Masters degree in English Literature. There she further honed her writing skills and explored her growing interest in German studies. During her senior year she studied abroad in Germany, and after a visit to the country’s capital she made a promise that one day she would call Berlin home. (Because every girl must have a dream.) She also told her English professors that her goals for her writing career involved either writing for a German soap opera or All My Children, or becoming a chick lit author.