My #NaNoWriMo Playlist, Scrivener for Windows, and so on…

Like many writers, I find music to be a massive aid when I’m working. Unlike TV shows or films, which are easy to get distracted by, music has the beauty of only taking up one of your senses, hearing, which you don’t really need at that point, anyway. Unless of course you’re like me and only consider listening to the music to be half the battle, the other half of which spent making playlists upon playlists, carefully choosing, then ordering and re-ordering the tracks.

With NaNoWriMo on the horizon, I am making the final preparations all ’round. I have not one but five individual playlists, each with a selection of tuneage to cover most of the types of scenes I intend to write.

Highlights include:

  • Voices – Disturbed
  • Rabbit – Street Drum Corps
  • Everything Ends – Slipknot
  • Escape from Hellview – CKY
  • Dizzy – Orgy
  • The Lobster Quadrille – Franz Ferdinand
  • Pasturn – Skinny Puppy
  • Two Birds, One Stone (Wes Borland / Reholder Remix) – Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Hallucinating – Apartment 26
  • As We Enter – Nas
  • Controller – Prong
  • Fasten Your Seatbelt – Pendulum
  • Poison – Prodigy
  • Forgotten – Spineshank
  • Miss Murder (VNV Nation Remix) – AFI
  • The Mission (“M” is for Milla Mix) – Puscifer
  • Slam – Pendulum
  • Ending World – Information Society
  • Funeral Song – The Rasmus
  • Dream is Collapsing – Hans Zimmer

The world in Divided They Fall is largely broken, separated between the vampire community in the aftermath of the Awakening, life from both sides of the Slayer walls, and Catrina’s constant breaks from reality. Everything is very disjointed, and music like Skinny Puppy and Information Society reflects that well.

For the most part, I’ve tried to pick songs that have no or little lyrical content (or, if they do have content, that I can interpret the lyrics as something somehow relevant to the story, as in Disturbed’s ‘Voices’ and Apartment 26’s ‘Hallucinating’), and my reasoning behind this is that I tend to get easily distracted (What, me? Distracted? Never!), and if I listen to a song that has lyrics while I’m writing, my mind tends to wander into the realms of my characters acting out whatever the song is talking about. Maybe that’s just me, but one late night and a wrongly selected playlist was how I ended up with the image of Fox dancing to Candi Stanton’s Young Hearts permanently burned into my subconscious, and that’s already one character entirely emasculated, it’s not a mistake I want to repeat.

In other news, as if I haven’t harked on about it enough before, this year I’ll be throwing my weight around Scrivener again for juicy NaNo goodness. As a bonus, a public beta version of Scrivener for Windows is now available. Yes, its functionality is limited and naturally there are some bugs, but hell, it’s SCRIVENER FOR WINDOWS!!!! What isn’t amazing about that?

Everyone taking part in NaNo this year, I can’t recommend Scrivener enough; it’s just a perfect free-form planning software with the added bonus of providing a distraction free* writing canvas with the full screen mode. Plus, if you’re using a Mac, Scrivener has already been out for some time, and with a new version out now (plus purchase discounts for NaNo winners and participants), it’s a great time to invest in some sweet software.

Both the Windows beta version and Scrivener 2.0 for Mac are available as COMPLETELY FREE demo versions, both of which will be fully functional (Windows version with the aforementioned bugs but it’s still perfectly usable) up until 7th December, so even if you choose to go elsewhere for your writing needs, it will still be available throughout the entire NaNo process.

Details and downloads can be found here.

Lastly, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to add me as a buddy or on Twitter so we can suffer through it together. Writing is an incredibly lonely experience, and I’m not condoning the procrastination tidalwave that is Twitter, but it helps to share your experiences — good and bad — with others.

* It’s only distraction free if you have a shred of willpower to turn off Tweetdeck and any other such notification tools while you’re writing!