“In My Dreams With You” by Steve Vai is becoming Natasha and Luke’s theme in Alpha Female. When I started it, it was one of the songs that I continuously played. Along the way, I sort of moved away from it. But today, once I painted myself into a corner with the plot, I put it back on and bam! It started working. Beautifully, in fact.
Part of the reason, I believe, is this song’s personal significance to me. Let’s just say that I have some pleasant memories associated with it, and I believe they helped fuel the process. I find it fascinating that as a writer, feelings evoked by a specific song and channeling that onto the page (or, the screen) is a really cool thing to be able to do. I remember Holly Lisle saying something about using parts of yourself and your life (very little, not everything) in your fiction would make it more real to the reader. But oftentimes, I as a writer need it to feel real to me. And I think attaching a significant song to it made it more real, at least in my mind, enough so that I could write the scene fairly well. It’s an interesting thing.
This is why I almost always have some type of theme song for characters, worlds, and books. Alpha Femle reminds me a bit of Flamebound, because the music is influencing the plot in unexpected ways. Queensryche’s “No Sanctuary” inspired an actual part of the world of Flamebound, and “Take Hold of the Flame” (also by Queensryche) inspired the entire thing. And it’s both songs that drove the plot, drove the characters. Music is very, very good for me and my muse.
So, that was a good writing session. 1,439 words, almost double my quota. I’d had a migraine since last night that finally went away, and lamented to the beloved that I was out of the mindset because I’d skipped last night’s writing. And it was a bit difficult at first, but Iron Maiden, believe it or not, got me through that part.
So I’m on my way. My next task is to do a Tarot reading to generate a few plot twists.