I recently joined a site called Story Cartel which is awesome because I get free books. Then I have to review them. I’m really not seeing a downside to this.
The debut novel of Amy Braun introduces us to Connie and Dro, two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Dro is white haired and blue eyed, beautiful in all ways while Connie is clearly Mexican. The two sisters are loyal only to each other and on the run from the law, the cartel, and demons. Yes, I said demons.
Demon’s Daughter is book one in Cursed series. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from a debut novel, but the premise intrigued me (angels and demons and slayers and end of the world!) and Ms. Braun’s writing was gripping. Her fight scenes were fast paced and keep you turning the pages while the interactions between humans, angels, and even demons were believable.
While the story focuses on Connie and Dro (and is told by Connie), there are other people drawn into their sphere. While Connie doesn’t trust anyone, she finds herself allowing others to help them on their path to discovering what Dro is (because she’s clearly not human), finding friendship with a demonologist and his son.
Well-written, fast-paced, and completely addicting, I’d absolutely recommend Demon’s Daughter if you’re a lover of the supernatural.
I have a lot of writer friends, both professional and amateur, both published and not yet published. Because of this, I also get a lot of links and advice from friends on writing. And a lot of places to look at and ideas to use when I’m writing. One of the newest places and best places is Facebook’s The Writer’s Circle.
This page has a little bit of everything which is one of the reasons I love it. It has book jokes, it has suggestions, interviews, prompts, inspiration. Honestly there’s a little something for every writer.
But one of the things I like the most are their “picture” hints. These are images (that can be saved) that are writing suggestions. I’ve included some of my favorites with this post, but just scroll through their album on Facebook for a ton more!
And happy writing!
“Listen to music to find a way into the story you’re telling. Music is incredibly evocative: find the right piece that reflects the world you’re writing about and you’re halfway there.” –Anthony Nelison by way of Deanna Willis. (Hopefully I’ve attributed that correctly)
Music is a driving force with a lot of writers. I know writers that use it as a soundtrack to their novels, I know writers that use it as a prompt to start their stories, I even know writers who prefer to write in quiet.
I can’t say I’ve ever been a writer who bases a novel or a story around a soundtrack. I’ve considered it, but I tend to get sidetracked by the music. I started singing at a very early age (and took voice lessons for a while as a teenager— despite never wanting to be center stage) so I tend to get caught up in the vocal patterns and the actual music when I’m listening.
And I’m the type that listens to all kinds of music. My iPod has everything from show tunes to classical. From Irish ballads to Irish pub. I’ve got classic rock and modern pop (I blame some of that on my mom and sister). I’ve even got jazz. There are music soundtracks and foreign (to me) songs. I’ve even got a little bit of old school rap. Honestly with that eclectic mix, it’s a wonder I get anything done. But at least it keeps me entertained.
That being said, I do have two stories that were based on songs or the idea of songs. While I’ve never used a series of songs as a soundtrack, I have used two songs to build a story around. One has since been removed due to wanting to edit it more, but the other is still able to be read online for the time being. Drunken Scotsman is loosely based on a song by one of my favorite bands.
So what do you use music for? Do you use it at all in your writing? Or is it just something that gets you through the day? Is it a companion to your writing? Or do you use a soundtrack like some of the writers I’ve read lately? What’s your favorite writing song? What song have you used to write a story to? What would you consider the best song or genre for writing?