At the time of writing this, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding completing the first draft. It has been around two years of thinking, researching, and crafting a storyline I am happy with.
Something I found incredibly useful for helping me pitch the tone and ambience of the scenes I had written was constructing a writing playlist. Some tracks were the inspiration for specific scenes, but generally, I had this playlist on shuffle in my earphones every time I sat down to write. Music is important to me. For me, a great film can be made or broken with its soundtrack. So, using that as the basic logic, I created the playlist that I believed would allow me to write the scenes in the tone I wanted them to be. The complete playlist on Spotify is below if you are interested in hearing it for yourself.
THE OVERALL TONE
I quite quickly latched on to ‘Southern Gothic’ as a musical theme. For me, the use of string instruments, dark themes, and obsession with death fitted well with the overall tone I was seeking to achieve. The late Victorian period was fascinated with the morbid and macabre. The style of ‘Southern Gothic’ dovetails those themes effortlessly. A few re-workings of well-known songs in this style do also feature on the playlist.
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