I used to hate sharing my process for my works-in-progress (WiPs) because I’ve abandoned story ideas before. Usually at the halfway point, but sometimes I’ve written the whole MS and then shelved it. So, I’ve felt odd sharing details of a project before it’s DONE-done. However, I’ve also NEVER felt a project is done-done, so what am I even talking about?
Anyway, I am going to share steps of my writing progress since this is my blog and I’m pretty sure only 5 people read it with any regularity (Hi, Thudsters!)
I’ve made a fun writing playlist for my newest contemporary fantasy, and figured I’d share it since I am all about discovering new writing music AND I am hoping to fish for writing music recommendations (if you have any then send them my way)!
The tone is definitely current in the sense that I am listening to A LOT of K-Pop (but I listen to that all day every day anyway so maybe that’s just my brain and not my WiP). But I also am kind of leaning toward the epic ballads and moody music for this one. Some of my stand-out soundtracks for Dragon of Joseon are:
This song is so sweet and had such a longing in it. Most of my characters long for something so this fits all of them really well.
“Fighter” by Far East Movement ft. Yoonmirae (윤미래) & Autolaser
This could equally relate to both of my main female characters. One is fighting for family and love. The other is fighting for honor and power.
The style of this song is SO saeguk to me and EPIC. I actually didn’t love Scarlet Heart Ryeo and DNF’d it as a show, but there were some definite moments of beauty in it. And while the era of SHR was Goryeo and my WiP is inspired by a different time period (Joseon) it for sure gave me historical feels and fits a mood I’m trying to accomplish with my WiP.
This song makes me imagine a lone traveler going on a journey. It’s so simple, yet gives me some great feelings with the melody. It’s the theme song in Orange Marmalade for the character of Han Shi Hoo (played by the yummy Lee Jonghyun, lead guitarist of CNBlue). He’s a vampire and kind of a teenage delinquent (sexy vampires are still a thing in K-Dramas and I’m not mad as long as they all look like Jonghyun). His character kind of reminds me of something I’m going for with my main dragon character (also a bitter supernatural male). So I’m going with this as Jiyong’s theme for my WiP.
If you want to see my whole Dragon of Joeseon playlist in all it’s glory, it’s on my YouTube channel HERE: