Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February Playlist: Writing the Dream

Writing is the dream that I want to reclaim this year. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have several story outlines on hand waiting to be written. I thought that for my playlist this month, I’d share some of the songs that have either inspired me in my writing or evoke the feelings that best represent the stories that I’m trying to finish.

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I want to share the songs without sharing too much of the stories that I am planning to write. I hope that the songs can give you an idea of what I am trying to accomplish without giving too much away!

One of the stories that I have pending is tentatively titled Catch My Breath, from the song of the same name by Kelly Clarkson. When I was writing the outline for this story, I heard the song and immediately thought that this was the exact theme of my lead character’s journey. As time went on, the songs New Year’s Day and Delicate by Taylor Swift also fit into the concept of my story.  

If there is one thing that I can share about the book I intend to write involving those songs it’s that I intend to feature my grandmother’s hometown of Maragondon, Cavite in the story. I hope that it can be a love letter to the town in a way and that it could inspire the people who read it to give the place a visit! 

A romance novel (or novella, depending on how things go) that I also want to write that involves the songs Perfect by One Direction plus Cruel Summer and Getaway Car by Taylor Swift. While the first book is also a romance featuring one place, in particular, I think that this one is something that is of a steamier variety that features more than one spot in the country.  There’s really not much more I can say about it than that! 

For my next planned book, I outlined a romance with a bit of an age gap between the characters. The songs that really fit into the concept of this particular story are the songs Slow Dance by Kelly Clarkson, If I Don’t Tell You Now by Ronan Keating, and Pill for This by Sam DeRosa. It’s a story about love, growth, and moving on from personal setbacks.  

There is this other book I mentioned in my previous post about a historical novel from the Japanese Period here in the Philippines. I had the idea back when I was in college and it is something that I am having difficulty writing because I’m trying to find the line where I can write something fictional without stomping over the significance of the actual events and people involved. For this one, the songs Isa Pang Araw by Sarah Geronimo, She Moves Through the Fair by Boyzone, and Iris by Ronan Keating were the songs that I felt spoke about what I want the book to feel for people reading it.  

Another book – or should I say series of books – that I have had an idea for since a decade or so ago is partly romance but is also action fantasy. It’s the series that I hope one day can become a movie or TV series like Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series. That is the dream, that is the goal. The songs My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy, Take Me to Church by Hozier, and The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez are some of the songs that remind me of this story. 

One book that I am trying to finish my outline for is more of a drama than a romance, although admittedly this is about two people who are in love. I don’t want to go into detail but I think the songs speak for themselves. They would give you an idea of what the concept of this is about. The songs for this one: Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato, Love the Way You Lie by Eminem and Rihanna, and Beautiful Trauma by Pink. 

There’s this idea for a suspense thriller that I want to write, this one is more of a concept but the outline isn’t complete yet so there’s not much to share. The songs that remind me of this story are the songs You’re the One That I Want by Lo Fang, I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Scott Matthew, and Adore by Jasmine Thompson.  

Most of the stories I plan to write are a bit on the heavy side, so I have a couple of ideas that I hope can be lighter fare. Both are romantic, but also with a bit of a comedic side to it (hopefully). The first one was mostly inspired by the song Black Magic by Little Mix, but I think that the songs Paper Rings by Taylor Swift and I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You by Tom Waits also fit with the events of my outline well.  

Lastly, there is this story inspired by the song Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble that I also have an outline for. The songs Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson and Not A Bad Thing by Boyce Avenue also remind me of this story. Again, no details, but I hope the songs give you an idea of what it could be about. 

What do you think of this playlist? Do you think the songs would make you want to read my books when I finish them? 

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