Two years ago, as a belated Christmas gift to my best friend and housemate Adele, I wrote a novella entitled Sex and the Cemetery. It was written specifically with her tastes in mind, and fell somewhere between Bram Stoker and Bridget Jones. Recently, out of morbid curiosity, I dusted off a copy and read it again.
It was truly, undeniably awful. The central theme, that of doomed romance between a vampire and a human, was hardly original.
But something in me remembered how much I enjoyed writing it. So I've taken it upon myself to re-vamp (if you'll pardon the pun) the entire story, under the new working title "Little Death". This has involved completely jettisoning a werewolf plot line because it was boring to write, and therefore probably boring to read. The vampire love story has been almost entirely eradicated, leaving space for another character to take centre stage.
I could never really get under the skin of a four-hundred year old female vampire, quite understandably. So I have opted for a younger, male voice to tell the story. Eli. An artist with a real thirst for life and other, less conventional appetites. The folklore of the incubus, a seductive dream demon, is now central to the plot.
And with this in mind, I've composed a writing playlist. I can never read while listening to music, as it screws with my concentration, but when writing I find the right song can help me connect with a character.
When I sat down to write my first chapter, the following tunes helped me bring Eli to life and set the tone for this Gothic tale.
"Cosmic Love" - Florence and the Machine
"Hurricane" - 30 Seconds To Mars
"Invisible Light" - Scissor Sisters
"XXXO" - M.I.A.
"Better Than Love" - Hurts
"Heart Skipped A Beat" - The xx
"Majesty" - Warpaint
"Guilty" - Marina and the Diamonds
"Lovegame" - Lady Gaga (Robots to Mars Remix)
"Under The Sheets" - Ellie Goulding
"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
"Alejandro" - Lady Gaga (Sound of Arrows Remix)
"Howl" - Florence and the Machine
What do you guys listen to while writing? Or do you prefer a cloistered, monastic silence?
I should probably get back to actually writing the book, so I'll be off now. Just felt like sharing.