Forged Steel is done! Well, my final draft is, anyway. Yay!
So that’s why I’ve been missing for a couple of weeks. I finished Forged Steel in a flurry of several days writing a long time (four hours per day, in fact…my hubby very nicely spent his days off taking care of Toby and a lot of the housework so I could get this done.)
Now that I’m done, I thought it might be interesting to share some of the songs I listened to while writing and rewriting and editing the silly thing. I’ve always liked music, and have even written with it on and off for years, but Forged Steel was the first novel I’ve written that I took the time to build a specific playlist for.
I’ve listened to that playlist for so often in the past six months that I’m pretty sure I’ve dreamed about it. I know that after a while, it got so easy to write in Forged Steel because once I turned on that playlist, the ideas started flowing.
If you’re interested in listening to the playlist on Spotify, click here. For those who want to look up the songs that only interest them, here’s the list in its entirety:
Saint Patrick’s Breastplate: Michael Gallagher. (This is an odd choice for the playlist, as the style really doesn’t match anything else. But it’s a traditional Irish prayer one of my characters quotes a part of in the book, and I wanted to include it.)
Remember the Empire: House of Heroes
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
Breathe Into Me: RED
Already Over: RED
The Resistance: Anberlin
Stay Close: Fireflight
Radioative: Imagine Dragons
Battle Cry: Skillet
Return of the Eagle: The Eagle soundtrack
A Great Destiny: Jonathon Maiccio
Swords of the Six: Jonathon Maiccio
Superhero: Jonathon Maiccio
I Am Transformer: Jonathon Maiccio
Recognizer: Daft Punk (TRON: Legacy soundtrack)
Ironwing: Two Steps From Hell
Outlands: Daft Punk (TRON: Legacy soundtrack)
Freedom Fighters: Two Steps From Hell
Heart of Courage: Two Steps From Hell
Enigmatic Soul: Two Steps From Heal
Guts and Glory: Jonathon Maiccio
24 Hours Til Doomsday: Future World Music
Life Goes On: Future World Music
Sands of Time: Audiomachine
Dreamscapes and Wishes: Future World Music
Finale: Future World Music
With great Power…: Future World Music
Dream Chasers: Future World Music
One of the reason I like epic music, such as Two Steps From Hell and Audiomachine, is because they’re like movie soundtracks, but not attached to any movies. I can imagine my own scenes so much better if I don’t have scenes from a specific movie going through my head!
Another song that I didn’t include in the list, but that you’ll see if you go to Spotify, is the song The Last of the Wilds by Nightwish. It’s an amazing piece of music, and I wanted to save it for last because it’s the theme song of my favorite character.
Meet Eliaster Tyrone, the cynical, grumpy fae who, so far, seems to be the fan-girl favorite, much to his everlasting dismay. I’m pretty proud of this character, and he’s a lot of fun to write! Once again, the secondary characters are stealing the show… 😛
Is your writing inspired by music? If you have a theme song for a beloved character (or just a song in general that inspires your books) post it in the comments! (And if it links to specific character, be sure to introduce us!) 🙂