Sunday, November 5, 2017

JOIN: Celebrating Playlist Power


Every Saturday, join me as I CELEBRATE This Week 
with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.


This weekend I'm celebrating how helpful a playlist can be! I started collecting songs related to an idea I had for a novel early in 2015. I finally wrote the first draft of that novel this summer, over two years later. I still find songs I want to add to playlists I create and I find myself listening to the songs as I'm writing. 

The playlist for the novel I'm currently revising - or rewriting to be honest - really helped me think through what changes I'd like to make as I rewrite. It also helped me remember what I initially thought this book was going to be about. It's mostly still what I thought it would be but I'm learning about first drafts and about all the next drafts as I think about what I thought I was going to write, versus what I did write, and what I plan to make the writing into now. Sometimes things just go where they go...but now that I've written something, I can go back and makes changes to it. 

It's kind of like working towards the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. Every lick gets you closer until you finally get to that chewy goodness in the middle. Every draft gets me closer to what the story is meant to be. 
This week I'm celebrating how helpful my playlist was as I'm starting on this new revision. I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year but I have a few friends who are! If you're reading, keep going! And if you aren't doing NaNo, I still wish you happy writing!

5 comments:

  1. I love your analogy of the tootsie roll pop. It's true. After I write a poem, it is quite a journey to when I "think" it's done. At least done for now. Best to you with the novel, Jen. The playlist as inspiration is very intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's hard to explain, especially the more I do it and the more I realize how each draft gets me closer but I also learn so much!

      Delete
  2. Happy Writing, Jen. You must be so excited to be knee deep into your revision for your novel. Best of luck to you. Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am excited! It's definitely hard...I can't say that it's always easy or fun but it feels good to be making progress at least!

      Delete
  3. Here's to continuing your journey to the goodness in the middle. Keep going!

    ReplyDelete