Writing and Music

I’m one of the biggest complainers about authors writing habits. According to Deborah Riley Magnus, my publicist, I am very militant about my writing habits.

Let me explain, cause she’s right LOL!  I get up and am in my office at 10:30 every day, regardless of whether I’m hung over or not. I answer email until about noon when the GF goes to work and then walk the dog.  Once I’m done with that, I sit down, drop offline and write from 1 PM til about 4 PM, depending on if I want to go to Grants Tobacconist or end up at Tobacco Road in Oakland. I usually crank about about 10 pages or 2500 words and then come home from smoking cigars (or my pipe) only to read for the rest of the evening until dinnertime.  That’s changed slightly since I started coming home and getting back to work.

It’s been nice to find out I can bang out (haha) 5,000 words on two or three different projects and feel like I’ve earned that cigar break.

Now onto music.  With different projects comes a different playlist.  For Siddella’s Surrender, I needed a very technological feel so Songbird was loaded up with EBM/Aggro-Tek.  Combichrist and Icon of Coil fit the bill nicely along with Neuroticfish and the Flir for a driving, pounding feel that included sexual tension in the music.  The ONLY metal track on THAT playlist was “Amity” by the Gathering as I find that song extremely sexy and it helps me get in the mood to write that sex scene where the two (or more) characters MUST fuck or the world could end.

That desperation as a writer to get across a point in Urban Fantasy or Sci Fi, or whatever you want to call my writing is backed by strong emotions and the fact that I write with music that helps enhance the emotions makes a BIG difference.  I’ve written in silence before.  It FUCKING SUCKS.

My playlist for “Blood Bound” includes Sevendust, Slayer, Dream Theater and has a central focus on songs that help reinforce the plot i’m working on.  The songs reinforce the premise behind my two characters.  The music helps with world building and feeling behind the story.

I’ve always written to music.  People would find it strange to know that I wrote some of my earliest hottest sex scenes to Mudvayne’s album L. D. 50.  That album is rather…unsexy to say the least.  Unless you like Ed Gein and violence in your sex…

I guess ultimately I’m a militant musical writer LOL!

About saschaillyvichauthor

Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read. Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts. Sascha writes for City Lights Publishing, Red Sage, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com
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4 Responses to Writing and Music

  1. gina gordon says:

    Other than slayer, never heard of any of these bands!

    And fuck, you are militant. It’s literally 10:30 and you are grumbling on twitter that you are awake! LOL!!

  2. Sharyn says:

    I always write to music. Usually, it’s more for background noise than anything else. Only rarely do I have certain music playing for my manuscripts.

  3. Giorgi says:

    I always write to music. Usually, it’s more for background noise than anything else. Only rarely do I have certain music playing for my manuscripts.

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