10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (2)

Introduction

When I discover a new musical artist, I usually add their album to my music library. Often times, I will find that another one of their songs inspires me to create a different series. But sometimes, I get extremely lucky! Let me tell you, this is actually pretty rare. My luck sucks, but I will probably get into that in another post. Anyways, sometimes a singer’s entire album is added to a playlist for a book Series. The more songs that are added, The more likely it will be for me to finish a book.

Blurb

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.

“City Dove” by Tori Kelly

First of all, let me take the time out to thank everyone that ever wrote a song. I obviously have never heard all of the music in the world. But I do believe that people are inspired and moved by the art of song. I was moved when I first heard “City Dove.” I had a difficult time relating to Enly. I kept on asking myself questions. Why does Enly only care about reversing her brothers illegitimacy? Why didn’t she start an uprising? Why did she hold everybody at arms length? As soon as I heard this song, it answered all of these questions for me. You see, my main character isn’t somebody that’s going to inspire armies to turn against the king. She is the character that needs to be moved to champion a cause. In this novel, she is simply holding on, trying to survive in a world that her ancestors created. That doesn’t make her a bad person. She does love her friends, the prince, and her brother. It just took me three drafts to realize that Enly is going to have the strength to fight after she goes through several life changing events.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (3)

Introduction

Certain songs draw out my creativity. But there are those songs that I attribute only to the project I’m working on. Think of it as a theme song. I found this song while watching an award show. And after I downloaded the song, I played it every time I was about to work on my manuscript.

Blurb

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.

“Nobody Love” by Tori Kelly

I have to admit, I couldn’t figure out what kind of person would be drawn to Enly. She is cold and calculating. I was snacking on some good junk food while watching an award show. I really can’t remember which one it was. But they introduced a newcomer to the music industry. And I was skeptical thinking that this performance might not be good. But when Tori Kelly began performing her new single, I was immediately captivated. Like with past instances, I quickly downloaded the song and played it on repeat.It was then that I realized that I was making things too complicated. Enly was just like anybody else. Except, there would have to be a reason or a circumstance that would compel Enly to make a friend. I won’t divulge the circumstances of how she makes her friends. Because, that will give away too much of the plot. Needless to say, I had a firm idea of what kind of society my character lived in and what kind of bonds she would form.I won’t divulge the circumstances of how she makes her own friends.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (4)

Introduction

When writing, sometimes it’s difficult to relate to my characters.I know, that is sort of weird to say. But in this case, it was most certainly true. I am a hopeless romantic that would jump at any chance to be with my soulmate. Enly is rational and not easily distracted from her goals. It would take the discovery of a song for me to realize that maybe my character shouldn’t be given a choice. Her heart has to react before she can logic her way out of the situation.

Blurb

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.

“Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan

Let me start out by saying that Jazmine Sullivan is amazing! It wasn’t simply the subject matter of this song, but the way that she sang the song that gave me the inspiration.One day, I decided to put my music library on shuffle. The goal was to do a simple writing exercise. I wasn’t even planning to work on my dystopian novel. As soon as “Stuttering” blasted through my headphones, a scene began to form. Enly is dressed in a sophisticated outfit. She waits in line in order to meet with Prince Matthew. The minute she makes eye contact with him, her heart skips a beat. She only becomes more flustered when it’s her turn to curtsy to the prince. She fumbles the curtsy and forgets her name. His charismatic personality is overwhelming to her. Then, I pictured Matthew, a prince that is charming and doesn’t take no for an answer. I won’t give away the details of my final manuscript. But this song helped me understand what their courtship would be like. Now that I had an understanding of what and Leigh and Matthew would be like, I needed to figure out how someone like Enly would view friendship.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (5)

Introduction

I’m not sure when I first encountered this notion. But I was reading an Author’s blog. She expressed that the characters often decided their journey. I learned that lesson the hard way when writing my dystopian novel. Since the cast system idea had been thrown out, I had renamed it “The Glorious Installment.” Until this day, I can’t tell anyone why. The name just came to me. Although the novel was renamed, I ran into the same problem. How in the hell was I going to get Enly not to marry Brandon? A song will give me a different prospective.

Blurb

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.

“What’s A Man to Do”

In my third draft, I had decided to have Brandon Wilks step aside, so that Enly could be happy. Aside from the fact that this plot point was anticlimactic. Enly, would never chose her willingly give up a powerful position. It was while I was listening to “What’s a Man To Do” by Usher, that the idea hit me. Brandon would be conflicted about his betrothal. I put the song on repeat and allowed my imagination to run wild. I saw Brandon falling in love with an exciting woman that Enly perceives as a mean girl. I pictured Brandon petitioning the king to marry his love, and the king rejecting his request. Then, since Brandon marries his lover, which erases a path that Enly was counting on to save her brother. I don’t want to give too much away. So I won’t tell you how the king reacts to Brandon’s defiance. But my next post will focus on Matthew and Enly’s romance.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (6)

Introduction

Sometimes a melody alone can inspire me. The song can be the happiest of songs and will lead me down a dark path. The reverse has happened as well. I was a couple of chapters in on my third draft and needed to add more songs to my play list. My friend was dying to know how the book ended. I tried telling her that it would look significantly different once I completed it, but it didn’t matter to her. She believed in this project, even while I still had my doubts. So something told me to look up her favorite song to see if it could inspire me.

Blurb

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.

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder

My friend loves Stevie Wonder. I enjoyed singing his songs when they were performed on singing competition television programs. “I live for those shows!” But I hadn’t yet added any of his songs to my music library. I was moved to look up “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on YouTube. As soon as I listened to the song, I knew it had to be added to my music play list. So I purchased the song and played it on repeat. The melody of that song made an idea come to mind. I decided that Jonah, was not going to be sent to the mines. A boy that young would never survive that kind of ordeal. Enly’s luckless brother would become illegitimate. I outlined the guidelines for how someone would suffer that punishment., then determined that a Lord or Lady Regent of a region were the only people that could overturn someone’s illegitimate status. That prevented the King from tampering with the justice system. Remember how I mentioned that Enly would use others if it meant saving her brother? Well,, I decided that her father arranged a betrothal between Enly and the future Lord Regent, Brandon Wilks. Becoming Lady Regent is Enly’s only hope of saving her brother. She thinks nothing of the man that she will marry. Will Bandon Wilks accept the fact that he’s marrying a complete stranger?

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (7)

Introduction

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?

Blurb

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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10 songs That Inspired My dystopian novel (8)

Introduction

I can’t speak for most authors. So, I’ll refrain from saying things like “all authors need this.” What I can say is that listening to music on my ear buds isn’t always enough to get me into the writing mode. What I require is my music and a comfortable surface, like a plush chair or my soft mattress. I write with a device called a braille note, which is a note taker used by blind individuals. So lucky for me, I can lie down while typing. For some strange reason, the frigid winter always entices me to crank up the heat and curl up under my comforter with my phone and my note taker. It was on a frigid December day that the next burst of inspiration hit.

Blurb

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.

“Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift

I abhor the cold, and will do anything to avoid it. It was nearing Christmas, and I was relieved that all of my shopping had been done online. The house was empty, and I thought, “Why not?” I had just released “Confide” which is book 3 of the Philips Family Saga. I desperately needed a break from that world. So I thought “I want to visit Stanti again.” I flopped down in bed, plopped in my ear buds, and thought about Enly, the strong character I had wanted to revisit. I put my play list on shuffle and a couple of songs in, “Never Grow Up” by Taylor swift began playing. I closed my eyes and two children appeared, one older than the other. I saw them playing in a mansion. By the second listen of the song, I envisioned an evil step mother, and be older sister being a care taker. Since she wasn’t that much older than the boy, the scene was cute but amusing all at the same time. I’m not sure how many times I played the song, but then a basic idea came to mind. I completely ditched the idea of a caste system. I was not invested in it, and my mind couldn’t conjure up original ways to separate one citizen from another. So then, I thought of ways that the justice system could separate families. I restarted the song again, grabbed my device, then began writing. The words came to me. I pictured Enly at an academy, longing for the half-brother that she was separated from. His step mother had committed a crime, and because Jonah was her direct descendant, he was also punished. I actually wrote a lot of the draft before I realized that this book was missing something, “A Prince Charming!” It would take some time for me to figure out how Enly would meet and fall in love with such a person.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (9)

Introduction

Upon coming up with an idea of a woman marrying someone to gain social standing, I wrote three chapters. While writing the fourth chapter, I ran out of ideas. I had no idea how I wanted the story to work. So the blog and that draft of my story was quickly forgotten about. Yesterday, I tried to track down the blog, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Needless to say, nothing more came of the project aside for those dreaded three chapters. Eventually, I moved onto another book, and didn’t think about Enly again until I watched the Grammys.

Blurb

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.

“Girl On Fire” By Alecia Keys

     It’s funny how music works.  You can hear a song on the radio, while shopping at the mall, or in commercials, and it doesn’t inspire a thing.  But then, the artist performs the song live, and it makes you truly feel the song.  I find that those moments are special.

My best friend, my older sister and I live for watching musical award shows. Sometimes we’ll rope in our parents and other siblings, and use the programs as reasons to have potlucks. The Grammys of 2013, was one such night. My sisters and I sat on the couch munching on SMARTFOOD, cookies and candy. We placed bets on who would win each category. In between one of the categories was a performance by Alicia Keys. She belted out her song, “Girl On Fire.” The minute she sang, a light bulb went off. By then, I had abandoned my project, not knowing what it’s direction should really be. But when she sang her opening notes, ideas began pouring in my head. In my first attempt at writing Enly, she was a sniffling woman that didn’t have much to her. But when I heard the power in Alicia KEYS’ voice, I thought, what if Enly was a strong character? What if she fought for something? Then, I asked myself, what would she fight for? Then, it all became clear. ENLY was going to fight for her brother. How? Another song answered that question. The answer will be in my next post.

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10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (10)

Introduction

Hi Folks

My name is Debbie Civil, and music inspires me. In fact, some of my books wouldn’t have come to be without certain melodies. Music is such an important aspect of the creative process that I create play lists on my iPhone for each series. I thought that it would be fun to tell you guys about ten of the songs that shaped my novel “The Glorious Installment.”

Blurb

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.

Talking To The Moon” By Bruno Mars

     “You’ve got to hear this song!” a friend of mine insisted.  I was lying on the couch, my back aching.  I was longing for the soft mattress that I adored.  But my room was going through a noisy, but necessary renovation.

     “I guess,” I said, noncommittally.

     “No seriously! Bruno Mars’ whole Album is awesome!” I trusted my friend’s opinion, since I had loved his first couple of singles.  If I was being honest, I had slept on Bruno Mars, for the first couple of years.  Until this day, I couldn’t say why.  Anyways, I opened my laptop and searched for “Talking To the Moon” by Bruno Mars.  With my ear buds on, I listened to the first couple of notes, and my imagination went wild.

     At first I imagined a snowy landscape.  Now, I have no idea why the melody made me think of a snowy landscape.  Sometimes my inspiration comes because of a vibe to a song.

By the Second verse, I pictured a woman desperately waiting for her love to come back from war.  Then, by the end, I wondered if the soldier that my distraught female character was longing for was really worth it.  In Debbie fashion, I replayed the song twenty times, until an outline for a couple of chapters formed in my head. It’s important to remember, that the version of my book that I published took years to shape.  In this early stage, I had decided to call the female character Enly, since I dreamed of someone with that name the night before.  I also determined that she lived in a different time, where she was limited somehow.  Her love was some soldier who she had been counting on marrying, so that she could be elevated.

You would only have to read the summery to know that I did use that general idea. But thankfully, I made Enly more selfless, her ambition to free her brother. Check out tomorrow’s blog if you want to know what song inspired that twist.

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