Friday Plot Swap: Playlist Shuffle Style


Playlist Shuffle Style

Need a plot? Take one!

Have a plot? Leave one! 

*So, I had this whole post ready to go and lost everything when my computer froze just before I hit publish. PSA: Save as a draft, my friends.*


November is my favorite month. I love the colors. I love Thanksgiving (all the food without the pressure of gift-giving). I love my husband and our anniversary is the week of the Thanksgiving (I was teaching the year we got married and didn't want to do sub plans for a whole week.) 

And, the best part of November? NaNoWriMo!!! (National Novel Writing Month~I'll blog more about it next week.)  

So, if you are doing NaNo or just looking for some inspiration, let's turn on our soundtrack! 

I love using music for inspiration. You can read some past musical plot swaps here and here. I like to give my characters theme songs. The song I Was Me by Imagine Dragons defines the main character in my current WIP. 

I don't recognize these eyes
I don't recognize these hands
Please believe me when I tell you
That this is not who I am
If I recover, will you take me back again?
I'm just another, trying hard to fit right in
But my photographs remind me of who I used to be
If only I could go back when I, I was me.

A few years ago, Roni Loren posted about 30 songs for 30 chapters. It's a writing exercise where the basic idea is to put a playlist on shuffle, write down the songs in the order they pop up and use that to guide your writing. 

Since, I was feeling musical today. I opened up my Spotify and hit shuffle. Don't worry, I'm only using the first five. Here's what it came up with for me . Click the title for the video. 

1. Twenty Years and Two Husbands ago (LeeAnn Womack)  I love country music because they always have a story to tell. This video also has some cool nostalgia for you .

I remember when he took my hand and said "I do"
And the kitchen I was standing in, when he said "I'm through"
And I swore I'd never fall back in, put my heart through that again
Never let somebody get that close
But that was twenty years and, two husbands ago

2. What I'd Say (Earl Thomas Conley). This song would have been the perfect soundtrack to my life at one time. Another country song with so much story potential. 

How's it goin', might be what I'd say
Well you broke my heart you know
Or it looks like rain today
Or God I've missed you
Since you went away
You're lookin' well
Or go to hell
Might be what I'd say

3. Smuggler's Blues (Glenn Frey) I am a HUGE Eagles fan. I had this song on an actual vinyl album long before I should have been listening to it. But, it's a great story. The original video used to be available on youtube but it looks like it's been taken down. I remember hearing an urban legend about a DJ who locked himself in the station and played this song repeat for hours because he "needed to get a message to someone." 

The payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw
Don't matter if it's heroin, cocaine or hash,
You've got to carry weapons 'cause you always carry cash
There's lots of shady characters and lots of dirty deals
Every name's an alias in case somebody squeals
It's the lure of easy money, it's got a very strong appeal. 

4.  Only Prettier (Miranda Lambert)  I love everything about this song. It's a great study in character development and how southern women insult each other. Plus, it has a cute video for added inspiration. 

Well I've been saved by the grace of southern charm
I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card
If you wanna pick a fight well I'm gonna have to say goodnight
I don't have to be hateful, I can just say bless your heart

5. My Heart Can't Tell You No (Sara Evans) Another soundtrack to my younger years. *sigh* Yes, I know Rod Stewart did it first. I like his version as well, but the video to this one has so much to work with. 

I don't want you to call me up no more,
Saying you need me.
You're crazy if you think just half your love
Could ever please me.
Still I want to hold you, touch you
When you look at me that way.
There's only one solution I know:
You got to stay away from me,
Stay away from me!

So, hit shuffle on your playlist and let me know what you've got. Does your WIP have a theme song? Does a certain song sum up your character in a few verses? Let's swap!