Thursday, September 27, 2012

Writing Music

Music has always played an important role in my writing process, mostly because it helps me to capture the right tone in whatever scene I'm working on. If I can't find the right song I spend a lot of time staring blankly at my music library instead of writing, and if I have the right one I can get lost in the word document for a very long time.

When I wrote Divergent I was in that hyperfocused zone for far longer than I've ever been before, and that was largely because I found an entire album that helped me with tone, and it was Memento Mori by Flyleaf. (Not all the songs, but a substantial portion of them.)

I never found an album that helped me with Insurgent, or any particular songs, really, which is perhaps why writing Insurgent was so difficult-- or the difficulty I was having was reflected in my inability to find songs. Or both. And for a long time, book 3 was the same way.

Actually, now that I think about it, I think my inability to connect with music during the drafting process actually suggests a lack of clarity in my own mind-- the plot and the characters get sort of muddled and I'm nervous that I won't be able to un-muddle them, so I can't find anything to listen to that will help me because I'm not even sure what I need.

However, I did stumble across a CD I've had in my library for several months, as if for the first time, while I was in Canada a couple weeks ago:

I'll bold the songs that have been particularly helpful:

Only If For a Night
Shake It Out
What the Water Gave Me
Never Let Me Go
Breaking Down
Lover to Lover
No Light, No Light
Seven Devils
All This and Heaven Too
Leave My Body

I don't know if this happens to other people, but when I listen to Florence I feel like everything I'm doing is epic, whether I'm washing dishes or petting the dog or tying my shoelaces. So that's sort of perfect for the end of a series, right? I think so.

I hope you enjoy. If you write, tell me about your music habits in the comments! I'm always interested in other writers' processes. (And in discovering new music, if you want to recommend something.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Movie Update!

Oh hi. Remember when I promised you that I would update you on movie stuff when there was information to update you about? Well, today there was this:

As with any movie-related thing, I feel that I should help out with interpreting the information since I, too, was helped to interpret the information. Here we go:

What This Does NOT (!) Mean: ALL IS SET IN STONE. Everything will happen exactly as anticipated! Everything in the universe is now in alignment and there will be rainbow glitter fairies floating around my head 24-7! Yay!

As we have learned together over the past few years, my darlings, Hollywood is a little tricksy because there are so many things to get in perfect order in order to make things happen. Nothing is final until your buns are in the movie theater chair. That is why I mostly keep my head down and work on book 3 and sometimes sleep.

What This DOES (!) Mean: We of the Divergent book/movie team are excited, enthusiastic, and have some momentum! Things are looking good, guys. So let's wait and see what happens next. (Possibly with nail biting. And that compulsive knee jiggling I love so much.)

Seriously, though: while not a guarantee (and really, is anything guaranteed in this life except death? WOW why did this blog post take such a morbid turn? I must be tired), this is a great sign and I am very happy about it.

Event in Edmonton Tomorrow!

I am writing this from Seattle, where I have spent my three hour layover between Las Vegas and Edmonton watching Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightley) and writing things. Soon I will hop on a plane to Edmonton because there will be an event there tomorrow (September 13th) night!

So, without further adieu:

WHO: Me, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Charles de Lint, Beth Revis, and Margaret Stohl.

WHAT: Q&A, signing, and the fabulous LIGHTNING ROUND in which we answer fun questions very quickly.

WHERE: Chapters Westside

WHEN: 6:00PM

WHY: Um....amazing authors + Canadians + books = a really, really good time. I know this. I have experienced it before.

Side note: I've heard some rumors about me only signing books that are bought in-store for events? This rumor is not true. Sometimes authors have to do that because each store has its own set of restrictions for events-- there are reasons they do that, often very good ones involving crowd control, but it's not my guideline. If I am allowed to, I will sign ALL THE THINGS. I will sign shirts and pieces of paper and notecards (and sometimes, if I'm distracted and someone puts them in front of me by accident and I am feeling really pen-happy, I even start to sign other authors' books). That is all.

I hope to see you Edmontonians (?) there!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Las Vegas Tonight!

I'm typing this on my phone, so it will be brief: am going to Vegas! Tonight! With lots of authors: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kim Derting, Kami Garcia, and Richelle Mead!

Info on location and time here:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Event Saturday in Aurora, IL!

The What: I'm going to be speaking on Saturday at the Aurora Public Library's "Catch A Bunch of Authors" Fair! Immediately afterward there will be a little audience q&a with me, Erica O'Rourke, Stacey Kade, and Karly Kirkpatrick. And then a little signing. There are a lot of authors participating! Also, books will be available for purchase at the event. More details here.

The Where: Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora IL

The When: 1:00-3:00 (my talk and the panel will not fill up two hours-- the remainder of the time will be for signing!)

The Why: Because books and libraries are awesome.

The How: Presumably with my vocal cords. Okay, this joke is officially done.

Hope to see you there!


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