The time after handing a manuscript to a beta reader can be challenging in that if I don’t have a project in the works I need to tune in and decide what’s next. Even when I do know what I want to work on it can be difficult to take time to ponder.
Pulling creative whisps from the ether to shape into characters, settings, plots and subplots.
It’s a tricky business when thoughts get in the way of the creative process.
Especially thoughts of what I “should” do.
I’ve come up with a few tricks, my favorite of which is listening to music.
As opposed to doing housework.
A fan of playlists I have music that relaxes, music that inspires, music that evokes specific emotion(s), and music that serves no other purpose than to be background noise.
Background noise doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the music. It’s simply music that isn’t distracting to the creative process.
This morning while working on firming up the opening scene for the next Dragon Core book I put on a playlist – a recent creation – songs with a specific theme.
This list serves multiple purposes depending what is going on.
I was about 2/3 of the way through the list when the lyrics of the song that was playing came into sharp focus.
Now and Forever.
I realized it was perfect for the playlist I had yet to create for the book I’m working on.
It’s almost eerie how perfectly the song matched the scene I was working on.
Happy with that bit of progress I created the playlist and added the song to it. When the next song started I found that it, too, fit the scene.
Interesting that The End of Dragons will fit into [at least] two upcoming Dragon Core novel playlists.
At this point I took a step back to consider whether the album the songs were from would fit the book if not the series.
Similar to how Nigel Stanford’s Solar Echoes fits the Metatron’s Army series, with Entropy perfectly setting the mood for the opening scene in Advantage, first in the series, and Sea of Tranquility perfectly framing the ambush scene in Diagonals, Book 10 in the series.
Though I won’t be putting every song from Gary Numan’s Intruder album into the Daemon playlist, I will be adding several that serve as inspiration for various parts of the story.
I anticipate Daemon will be ready late winter/early spring.
The Isle of Future Past, also a Dragon Core novel, will be ready autumn 2021.