There's no question how much music has helped me writing this book. It pulls me out of 'mum' brain and into a quiet creative headspace. Here are 4 more tracks from my playlist that I've played over and over again...
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling, on tiptoes and no luggage, not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.”
As promised, here's 5 tracks from my writing playlist. I always have music on when I'm writing, it helps me focus and is a great way to help set a certain mood. I often look on Youtube or Soundcloud to find songs I connect with - sometimes I'll find one that embodies a certain chapter perfectly but others I won't realise are relevant until later. I hope once I finish my book you might be able to spot where some of these tracks fit in and what characters they suit. Ciao for now!
1. If you're not reading you're not writing - One of the best ways to stay inspired and encourage yourself to write better is to read widely. I find that when I stop reading, my drive to write tends to go with it. Always have a book on your Kindle or bedside table...
2. Accept that some days you'll have doubts - On days when self-doubt hits a low and the road ahead looks impossibly long, it's important not to panic. Instead know that these feelings of fear will pass and to accept not everyone feels confident 100% of the time. This is when I tend to make notes on what I'm feeling critical about and then I'll leave my book till I'm in a better mood. A new day tends to help!
3. Don't spend too long editing - I can get caught up re-wroking sections instead of concentrating on writing the story further. Try to harness a good balance and know you can always come back to certain sections later, but developing your story is only going to help you realise what works and what doesn't.
"No one tells the truth about writing a book.... The truth is writing is hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver." Amy Poehler, Yes Please. Hilarious!