Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What I'm Reading Now & Music

I just finished The Widow by Carla Neggers and that sent me to one of my TBR baskets (that's right plural). My baskets are separated by category - contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction/chicklit, suspense & mystery.

The book I pulled out to read next is Damaged by Pamela Callow. The heroine of this story is Kate Lange who works for a high-powered law firm. A teen is brutally murdered and Kate wonders if her legal advice led to the girl's death. Kate pursues the case and unearths some chilling facts that lead her directly into the surgically skilled hands of the Body Butcher.

For more info on the book you can visit Pamela's website, http://www.pamcallow.com/

I'm looking forward to reading it. The book came with a sticker on the cover that said it was a "need to read". I'd love to have a label like that on my book someday, wouldn't you?

I've registered for the three classes happening in September. Yay! I've printed out a new scene I began working on a few days ago. It needs a lot of help. The two scenes that follow it are new scenes I have to write. I'm finding with this revision that I'm adding scenes, I guess I'm realizing opportunities for the story that I didn't see first time around. But I guess that's why it's called a first draft.

I downloaded Katy Perry's Teenage Dream just a few minutes ago. I heard the song a few days ago and I love it. I've read on some author blogs that they create play lists for their manuscript. Hmm. That sounds like a good idea but I worry I'd spend too much time searching out the perfect songs for my manuscript. Another distraction that I don't need. But I have to admit that I heard a song months ago, Meet Me Halfway by the Black Eyed Peas, that summed up the heroine and hero for my second RS. How about you? Do you create play lists for your manuscripts? Do you listen to music while you write (I find it too distracting to listen to any music while writing). Does having a play list help your creative process? Does it help focus you while you're writing or is it just something nice to do for your manuscript? I'm just curious.

Happy writing!


  1. I always do. Music is really important to my writing process and many times I'll hear lyrics that fit my characters or their situations and that song will automatically go on the book's soundtrack. I listen to music while I write, so it's just something that happens naturally, really, not something I work at. And I always post the songs that inspired me on the book's page at my website.

  2. Hi Cherrie Lynn,

    I understand the lyrics fitting a character or their situations. After my first round of revisions with my current WIP I was listening to the radio and heard a Madonna song from the 80s and thought "that's what I need in my book". There are times when I'm cleaning that I'll pump up the volume (yeah, I just said that LOL)and I realized that my heroine needed a lighter moment. And guess who will be watching her dance around. So I'm starting to see the connection to writing and music.

    Thanks for visiting!