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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by That Silly Welsh Guy, Jul 22, 2009.

    I've seen the 'Music for Writing' forums around here, but I think this is a slightly different topic so I hope you don't mind me putting up another topic.

    I've done some reading around some original fictional works online lately and have noticed a reasonably common theme keeps popping up and that is the inclusion of a 'playlist' of music tracks that spans the entirety of the novel/short story. That is to say, an excerpt of a certain song that sums up the theme/mood/message of the chapter is placed at the top of the piece before the actual narrative starts. And I just wanted to gauge opinion on the matter; what do you think of author's contruction a 'novel playlist? Do you do it yourself perhaps? Is it at all beneficial to the writing process? And, does it add something to the story?

    Thoughts please. :)
     
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    You had better contact the copyright owner of each lyric first, and get written permission. Expect to pay for the privilege, unless you are more famous than the lyricist.
     
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    Not bad, as long as the excerpt is really short and straight to the point.
     
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    Starting each section of the narrative with an excerpt from lyrics isn't really any different to doing so with a brief quote - if done well, it can help to set the tone for the following events. You'd need to be careful that the tone was clear from the lyrics alone though, since there's a good chance most readers won't know the tune.

    And, yeah, legal issues.
     
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    Yes, I do it. It's fun and can kinda help when writing.

    As far as adding to the story? Hmm....I suppose you could say it can add a little flair of personality to the story and/or characters. It can also help people understand a character or event more. Music is a powerful force, after all.
     

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