Finished the Chapter! On to the next…


I did it, I finished Chapter Four today. I had a lot of new content to pile on in there, a lot of plot asides and tangents that just took themselves away and played out into the next thing. 

I always find it funny how my characters lead me where they need to go. I never really think about it, it’s just the logical progression and man how they take me away! Sometimes I feel as if this world that I’ve “created” I haven’t even created at all, that it exists somewhere already and I’m just picking up the pieces and writing down the story. I had a vague image of the town in which my characters end up in this chapter, but it changed into something completely different as I wrote it. It feels a lot more tangible the way it is now. It’s like when you have this idea of a place you’re going to visit for the first time. You have this expectation, this loose imagine in your head, but when you arrive it’s like nothing you could have imagined. That’s how I feel about the places in my novel. I have this whimsical idea of them when I’m writing the outline, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty description it’s totally different, but I feel that it’s the way it is supposed to be once it’s been written down in its full format.

I feel as if the muses guided my hand a lot this past chapter and I thank them whole heartedly.

The thing I really struggled with most of all today was finding the right music to write to. I have to write to purely instrumental music, preferably stuff from movies I don’t know because otherwise I spend the duration of the song figuring out where it’s from. It also hasto have the right tone to what I’m writing about, otherwise I just lose myself in other thoughts. My absolute favourite website for music while I’m writing is Infinite Tracks. I have a few playlist creators that I follow but I find the majority of the music I listen to on there, be it for writing or just enjoyment.

So, another day of writing down. While, I might be going to work tomorrow I hope to get half a chapter out, if not more. I think the next one might be a shorter one, but I always aim for roughly 7 pages, single spaced.

Alright diligent readers, keep on keepin’ on.

Ps. This is post #100! Woo! Celebrations and what not!

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All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone –


No, I don’t miss everyone, only a select few. It’s actually the title of an Explosions in the Sky album.

I’ve been listening to All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, and Take Care, Take Care, Take Care quite religiously for the past week or so. Their music has blown me away.

Few instrumental bands are able to keep my mind engaged and rouse my emotions at the same time, but Explosions in the Sky have done both simultaneously. I find that without even focusing on the music my sense of passion is evoked and I’m captured in a sense of serenity.

I’ve listened to these three cds on repeat while writing a paper, and although my ideas for this particular paper were not flowing very well, I felt that the music kept me going, even at my worst case of writer’s block. I highly recommend them for a good paper writing or study session.

I can’t pin-point a favourite song for you, but here is a song from each album for you to get your feet wet, as it were:

All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – Catastrophe and Cure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeaXvVLuSJw

The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place – Your Hand in Mine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdiY6kijYHE 

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care – Postcard From 1952
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv-yJywbtDI  

There’s a small taste for you.

These guys are amazing to listen to while writing as well. I find the calmer the music, the more the muses tend to smile down on me, unless I’m writing a fight scene of course. If you’re looking for something to write to, something to calm you, or something to just play lightly in the background while you’re nose deep in an excellent read, give Explosions in the Sky a try. They tend to make everything feel just right.