10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (7)


Character development is one of those skills that I use to struggle with when I was in my early twenties. I would often times research different tactics that could help me. I came across a blog by an author. I can’t remember who it was. But the author made a point that has stayed with me. Say if there is a fire in a building. Your character can either try to put out the fire, panic, or run out of the building. If you think your character would react in all of the ways above, then, the character hasn’t been developed. That’s why I give all of my characters defining personality traits. For example, Enly is resourceful, and will do whatever it takes to free her brother. She has tunnel vision, and often times will use people to get her way. How would someone with those traits fall in love?


Enly Saint Claire is fortunate. She attends an elite academy, is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune, and is betrothed to the future Lord Regent of the Great Plains. But what she desires most is her half-brother Jonah’s freedom. Jonah has been enslaved because of his mother’s mistakes. Enly plans to free Jonah when she becomes a lady regent. That plan backfires when her betrothed decides to marry someone else. Now Enly will do anything to free her half-brother, even if it means rejecting the love of her life.

“Run Away Baby” By Bruno Mars

I’d like to begin by saying that Bruno Mars’ music has a lot of personality. His songs can be playful, sad, or happy. That’s why his albums are often times added to any writing play lists that I create. I had just abandoned the second draft of my dystopian novel. My friend had been curious about the project, so I emailed the draft to her. She was the one that encouraged me to revisit it. So I relaxed in bed on one spring morning and decided to listen to Bruno Cars.. As soon as I heard “Run Away Baby” a vision of a troublesome fun-loving Prince popped into my head. He was a prankster who enjoyed laughing with others. But then I wondered “How would Enly meet the prince?” For that question to be answered I had to expand upon my Criminal Justice angle. An unlikely song would give me a burst of inspiration.

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