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- If a song is catchy, catchy.
- Make a chart.
- Categorize the songs by genre.
- Find some prompts related to those genres.
- Start writing.
- Work on your character arcs.
- Ask yourself how each song fits into the story’s plot.
- Once you’ve got your song list, write a single chapter using each song throughout it.
- Think about your characters’ relationships with pop culture, and use songs to help drive those relationships forward.
- Be sure songs are your primary concern while writing your novel – they’re the fuel to turn it into something extraordinary.
If a song is catchy, catchy.
If a song is catchy, it’s also likely that you’ll be able to use it in your novel. Here are some tips on how:
Make a chart.
Categorize the songs by genre.
Categorizing songs by genre is an excellent way to ensure your novel stays on brand. For example, suppose you write a book about an aspiring pop star and are trying to incorporate her favorite songs into the plot. In that case, she’ll want to hear music that’s appropriate for her character (e.g., “Single Ladies,” “Umbrella”)—and not just any old pop song!
In addition to categorizing by artist and song type (pop vs. hip hop), think about how many different genres of “Pop Culture” music there are out there:
Find some prompts related to those genres.
Now that you’ve got your songs and lyrics, it’s time to find some prompts that fit your story.
You’re ready to start writing. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling; write down your thoughts about the song.
Don’t worry about how it will look on paper or sound on paper (unless your characters are singing). This isn’t a test!
Work on your character arcs.
Character arcs are the story’s main plot, focus, and theme. They’re what your characters do in the book that results in their overall change over time. A character arc is more than just a series of events; it’s an overarching idea that connects all of them. If you look at a character arc as one big story arc with multiple chapters (or even books), then you can see how they fit together to form one cohesive whole!
Character arcs are often called out by name when they appear onscreen: “The main character wants revenge,” or “The main character decides not to go back home.” But don’t get too hung up on names—you don’t need any particular title for this stuff!
Ask yourself how each song fits into the story’s plot.
Once you’ve selected the songs and written them down, ask yourself how each piece fits into the story’s plot.
Once you’ve got your song list, write a single chapter using each song throughout it.
Once you’ve got your song list, write a single chapter using each song throughout it. Use the pieces to drive the plot forward, help your characters connect and their audience, or be fun for readers to look forward to on their commute home from work.
Think about your characters’ relationships with pop culture, and use songs to help drive those relationships forward.
Pop culture is a big part of our lives, and it can be used to help drive the story forward. You may have heard that people tend to relate more strongly with similar characters, so using pop culture song lyrics or references in your novel can help develop those relationships between characters.
Popular songs are often written from an insider’s perspective—a writer who has been around long enough to know what goes on behind the scenes at concerts or TV shows. That’s why when you’re writing about something new (like how he reacted when she told him she loved him), go back through old stories for inspiration: were there any times when their relationship got rocky? What was going through their minds at that moment? What did they say? It’ll help bring life into your characters’ thoughts and actions during certain moments together.
Be sure songs are your primary concern while writing your novel – they’re the fuel to turn it into something extraordinary.
Pop culture is a great way to create tension in your novel. Songs can be used to show the characters’ relationships with each other and their relationships with the world around them. One of my favorite examples of this is from one of my all-time favorite books: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In this book, there’s an entire chapter dedicated entirely to “The Hanging Tree,” which was initially written about by Queenie Shaw when she was a child growing up in Jamaica during slavery times (I think). The song “Hang On Sloopy” played an essential role in making it into one of our most memorable scenes because it showed how much change could happen when someone got caught up in life-changing events like being thrown into the arena or being taunted by Peeta Mellark while they were trying desperately not die!
Chapter 9.5: Writing your first novel – Creating a central character
Section: Start by making sure the world is appropriately set up. What are the significant events that have shaped your characters’ lives? How did they grow up? If you have multiple POVs, make sure they’re all mentioned at some point in the story. Do you have a setting that isn’t just ‘the US’ but also has elements of other countries in it?
Section: Your characters are going to do something. Make them do it! Ask yourself how the character would react… and then write that reaction down! Can’t think of what to make them do? Think about what’s happened to them and their past – how has that affected their current situation? Write down anything you can think of as a starting point for your character, including dialogue with themselves. Be considerate; if it’s too much, cut it out and try again later! This exercise is called “Why am I doing this?” Taking care of this early on will help ensure you aren’t wasting words or ruining pacing by not knowing where your characters are going next or what they want or need to do. You’ve got all those thoughts bubbling, waiting to break through! Take note now if there are any emotions involved with these tasks so you don’t get stuck changing things once the story starts becoming real. Be bold and ask people for advice on getting started- friends and family members who read books will usually give ideas even if they aren’t professional writers themselves! Also, be aware that when writing a book and coming up with an idea or plot, sometimes it’s best to leave things alone while first writing because sometimes we forget what we were trying to say when writing something else different from our usual style. So far in this class, I’ve