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Tell The Damn Story

280 EpisodesProduced by Alex Simmons & Chris RyanWebsite

Where we interview and talk about the challenges and successes of writing books, comics, film, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.


Tell The Damn Story #159: What Music Do Your Characters Live By?

This episode Alex and Chris discuss how music can help inform and develop and evolve your characters in interesting ways. From pre-writing character playlists to novel theme playlists to scene playlists, the music you choose for your characters and situations help you think about those characters and situations more deeply and help bring your novel to life. Alex and Chris also discuss what they write to; is it music or silence or a combination of both that helps keep them going, propelling the work to the much desired finish line. And then we ask all those questions of you! c 

Challenge:  Take a minute to let us know what music does for your creativity.  Do you use any of the methods we mentioned?  Do you have any favorite music you use when you write?  

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