April 14, 2012

What's your writing soundtrack?

I often write to music.  My conversations with other writers leads me to believe this is fairly common.  Music helps you cut out distractions, gets you in the mood, inspires you, propels you forward and, in my case at least, helps me get back to a story after a hiatus, since I use the same playlist throughout a writing project (my playlists are actually often named after stories I'm working on).
Thing is, I write to really cheesy music.  No no, I mean really cheesy.  This is my little guilty pleasure.
Current playlists include things like Francis Cabrel, Michel Pagliaro, Superstition, Eye of the Tiger, and several Bond theme songs.  In the past, I've also written to Metallica, Supertramp, and the Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack, among other things.
For those who don't know Cabrel and Pagliaro, the former is a sappy French singer songwriter that no male will admit listening to (and who used to look like this; it was the 70's), and the latter is an old Québécois rocker that sounds like what you'd get if you crossed AC/DC with Bryan Adams, and then put their lyrics through Babel Fish.  They're both awesome.
I need to know I'm not alone.  What's your writing soundtrack?  Is it cheesy?  Is it really cheesy?  Or is it super-extra hip and do I need to now go crawl under a rock in shame?  You can tell me.  As you can see, I won't judge you.  Promise.

April 6, 2012


If you are looking for a place to submit your great writing, look no further. We are now accepting submissions for issue 7. The issue is coming out in September and the submission deadline is July 30, 2012.

Spread the word to your writing circles and all of your amazing writer friends. Really, you want to be a part of something like this!

If you are curious about what we print then I would recommend that you download a copy of issue 6 which you can do here. That will give you a feel of what we are after, but don't feel it has to be like anything there... we are not putting limits on your creativity. Read Alex's earlier post What kind of stories do you print?

We are looking forward to the next round of great writing.