Music is a big part of my writing. Sometimes it provides the emotional groundwork for dreaming up the story, sometimes it fuels the writing, and sometimes it finds its way into the story itself, but it's always involved somewhere.
As I've mentioned quite a few times already, I'm writing a sequel and conclusion to the Warm Bodies story, and since it's a much bigger, more complex tale than Warm Bodies, it requires a lot of planning and in-brain sketching before I can actually put fingers to keyboard and start writing chapter one. Most of this process happens during long drives, long train rides, long walks, and long runs, with a steady flow of music being pumped into my brain to keep feelings in and distractions out.
Since the completion of this book is in the distant future (Wild guess: maybe mid to late 2014?) I thought I might offer you a little window into the world I'm building via the music that's inspiring it. A little taste of the mood and atmosphere bubbling in my head at the moment. So this is the playlist I listen to during those drives, rides, walks, and runs, imaginatively titled "Writing Mix":
1. "Window" - The Album Leaf
2. "Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam mix)" - Boards of Canada
3. "That Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra
4. "The Snow" - The Eastern Sea
5. "The Commander Thinks Aloud" - The Long Winters
6. "Terrible Love" - The National
7. "Music for a Nurse" - Oceansize
8. "Deadbeat Water" - Thee More Shallows
9. "Zoetrope" - Boards of Canada
10. "The Mighty Rio Grande" - This Will Destroy You
11. "Down There" - Jenni Potts
12. "Phone Call" - Jon Brion
13. "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" - Liars
14. "Takk" - Sigur Ros
15. "Big Red Machine" - Bon Iver
16. "Counting in C" - Jad Abumrad
17. "Start a War" - The National
18. "Tell" - Son Lux
19. "Odi Et Amo" - Johann Johannson
20. "Green Arrow" - Yo La Tango
21. "The Optimist" - Zoe Keating
22. "An Ending (Ascent)" - Brian Eno
23. "Frysta" - Olafur Arnalds
24. "Atoms for Peace (Four Tet remix)" - Thom Yorke
25. "Near Light" - Olafur Arnalds
26. "To Build a Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra
This is a pretty good representation of the feels that will be involved in this book, although it should be noted that there will also be thrills, jokes, and scary shit. Those emotions are not well-represented in this playlist because I don't need assistance writing them. Primal responses like fear and laughter are relatively easy to provoke. Beauty, heartbreak, and elevation are much more fragile and harder to capture, but they are the prey I'm hunting. Wish me luck!
P.S The sequel is not going to be called Warm Bodies 2, for God's sake, or Warm Bodies: Even Warmer, for the love of the aforementioned God. Get a grip, you guys.