Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quickie: The Soundtrack Behind Your Story

by Jacqueline Fauni

One day I was perusing the Lending Library here at The Junction (Note to members: remember to check it out if you’re in need of a book!) and came across a short story anthology called Please: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths, edited by Peter Wild.  Though I’m not very familiar with The Smiths and admit to being discouraged from reading the anthology by disappointed reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads, I was intrigued by the idea of it and thought it might be a fun and immersing experience to try writing a story in direct response to a playlist.

Instructions: Put your iPod (or iTunes, or any other kind of music device/playlist) on shuffle and listen to 5-7 songs.  Write in a stream of consciousness through the songs, but listen carefully and write in focused response to them.  Who, where, when, why, how, and what do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel from the music?  Does a story emerge?  Would a story more cohesively emerge if you switched the order of the songs?  Do the transitions between songs coincide with turning points?

Have fun, and happy writing!

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