Most novels have a characteristic vibe, or tone. Especially Noir and Hardboiled (Like..oh, say Gift of the Bouda -I think). One challenge I found in writing my book (over the course of a year+) was that it was hard to just turn that vibe on. You work all day, play with the kids, do your chores, have dinner, put the kids to bed, and then....then.. you sit down and crank out a few hindered words on your breakout novel. (Okay, maybe it won't breakout- I'm stretching, but it's my blog, so I can reimagine any way I'd like)..
Anyway, so over the course of the year, how can I just 'get in the zone'? Well, my way was to have a play list. I selected a few songs that I liked, that captured the vibe I was going for (a little melancholy, fast paced). I sat down, hit my iTunes tab and started by rereading, and lightly editing (sometimes chainsaw editing) the thousand or so words previous to where I started back in, and viola! Vibe inducing...
So what was the playlist? Here it is. After you read Bouda, let me know how it worked for you?
All These Things I’ve Done, The Killers
Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie
Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin
I Love Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Fight for Your Right, Beastie Boyz
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen