By Kim Chaffee
I am a plotter, through and through. But before I can sit down to outline a new story, research a nonfiction topic, or brainstorm possible obstacles for my main character to encounter…I dance. That’s right. I dance.
To be clear, it’s not pretty (think Elaine from Seinfeld…ok, maybe not that bad)- but it is effective at getting my blood flowing, my creative juices pumping, and it puts me in a great mood to attack my work with a positive mindset. It brings me back to my high school volleyball days when we would crank up Jock Jams before a big game. Yeah, it’s kind of like that.
Music is so subjective and surely a song or two that gets your feet tapping has popped into your head while reading this, but here are a few from my playlist if you need some suggestions:
Black Horse and Cherry Tree K.T. Tunstall
They Don’t Know Ariana Grande (Trolls soundtrack)
Nasty Janet Jackson
The Greatest Show (The Greatest Showman soundtrack)
Single Ladies Beyoncé
Footloose Kenny Loggins
Warning: Dancing can be addicting. My advice is to choose two, maybe three songs to get you going for the day. You don’t want to spend all of your writing time shaking your groove thang!
As much as I love and need the pump-up music, once I’m warmed up, it’s time to switch the tempo a bit so I can focus on my writing. For this, my go-to is soundtracks. Braveheart, and Avatar are solid choices and Jurassic Park is a recent addition to my writing playlist. This music helps me concentrate and keeps me on task.
How about you? What music gets you going? Keeps you on task? I’m always looking for great suggestions!
HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON, illustrated by Ellen Rooney
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April 2, 2019