August 26

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Finding the Story After the Song

I know the normal way of things. Have an idea, write a draft, revise until you bleed, make a book. Somewhere in there you find pictures of the actors who will play your beloved characters when your big idea becomes a best seller and is made into a movie.

You also make a playlist. What’s on that playlist? The lyrics and chords that perfectly compliment the story and your characters’ struggles coming together in a wonderful order and harmony.

Or at least that’s what I do.

And in that order.

But if you know anything about me at all, I’m not so much of a ‘do-things-in-the-normal-way’ kind of girl. So true to form, I skipped all the other steps and found the song first.

I heard a song and it moved me to my core. It made characters come to life in my mind and forced me to stop what I was doing and write down several bits and pieces of a story. And now it’s become a real thing and has ten thousand words that belong to it.

Has this happened to you? Have you ever found the song first? Maybe it’s just another form of inspiration, but for me, this is an unusual occurrence. It’s only the second time it’s happened and I really love music. I’d love to hear if you’ve found the song before you found the story.

Oh, and the song was “The One Who Got Away” by The Civil Wars. (So Dear Civil Wars, please work out your differences because your music helps me make stories. Thanks. Love, Me)

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