It's All About the Music
Whenever I write, I need noise. The source doesn’t matter. For all I care it could come from my neighbors yelling outside. When I was in college, I used to do homework with a pair of headphones in and the TV on. And magically when my roommate came to ask me how to make my signature popcorn dish (she called it JAQ-corn), I understood exactly what she was saying.
I wrote MUTINY in a similar way - with headphones in and sometimes with the TV on. There are many scenes in that book where I had to reflect back on physically stressful times - extreme workouts, wandering around in a foreign country, nearly drowning. And again, I had no problem digging up memories while heavy metal blasted in my ear and TV commercials played in the background.
One day while I was writing, my ipod died and I wasn’t in a spot where I could quickly charge it. So I continued writing in absolute silence, thinking it wouldn’t make a difference. Wrong. I had extreme trouble finishing my fight scenes. And I learned that my ability to add ‘feeling’ somewhat comes from the music I listen to.
I know a lot of writers who write with music. Some authors even include book tracks (something I'm currently working on too). I think I need music to write for the same reason I needed it before every swim meet in high school. It helps me get in touch with emotions that don’t ‘come until they’re called’. In order to make a reader feel what my main character feels, it helps if I as the writer feel some of those feelings as I write.
I’ve heard of authors crying as they write an especially sad scene, or getting mad or frustrated with a certain character. I used to think that’s a little odd. I don’t think that anymore.
[JAQ-corn: Basically hand-popped popcorn with butter and salt. Sprinkle with M&M’s (skittles if you want to get creative). Pour melted caramel as needed (optional).]
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Eric's life aboard a top secret stealth submarine as a member of the government’s M.E.R. program has been about discipline, cunning and survival.
As both a soldier and a natural born regenerator, he can heal from any wound, but to stay alive he must accept a vein-burning serum that prevents his DNA from over-mutating. In exchange Eric must follow his Chief Commander’s every order. And never ask questions, no matter the assignment.
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Jacqueline Gardner works as a Story Editor for the production company, Labragirl Pictures. Her love of storytelling began at an early age when she would make up stories with her grandmother before bedtime.
In early 2010, she completed her first novel and has been stuck on writing ever since. She resides in Colorado and loves hiking, writing, fantasy fiction, and all things cupcake.