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My Novel Soundtrack

A soundtrack will help you to move your story forward. It evokes emotion and helps set the mood while we write. For me, it helps me plot my story. Plus, it’s just plain entertaining.

There are many reasons we choose songs to match our novels.

1. Lyrics

Do the lyrics represent the tone of the story? A character’s personality? Events? Emotion? Pick lyrics that help you reflect on the theme or the setting of your book. If you are in a country, city, building, or room; What music represents that place? Why?

2. Music

Classical, Instrumental, and vocal melodies all evoke different tones. Most TV shows and movies have tones or music playing while characters are speaking. Think of this when writing your book. What entertainment value does it add to your story? Does it help or hinder?

3. Emotion

I’m emotionally driven. So, when I read a book, I pick music to ensure that I feel every scene in a book. When I write, I do the same. In fact, I rarely write in silence. Playlists for emotional support are fun.


My Current WIP is set in the 80s. So, in honor of the amazing decade of music, I’m happy to share my playlist. This is in no particular order. Enjoy! (All links will take you to YouTube)

Dalton Legacy Playlist

Always Something There to Remind Me- Naked Eyes

Naked Eyes

Always Something There to Remind Me

What’s Love Got to Do with It- Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Whats love got to do with it

Centerfold- The J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band


Call Me- Blondie


call me

Eye of the Tiger- Survivor


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Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey


don't stop believin

Through the Barricades- Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

Footloose- Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins


Drive- The Cars

The Cars


Blister In The Sun- Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

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Time After Time- Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper


Hungry Heart- Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce-Hungry Heart

Thunderstruck- AC/DC



We Built This City- Starship



Break My Stride- Matthew Wilder

Matthew Wilder


Let’s Hear It for the Boy- Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams


Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon

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I Won’t Back Down- Tom Petty

Tom Petty


You Give Love A Bad Name- Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi


Walking On Sunshine- Katrina & The Waves



I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For- U2



You Can’t Hurry Love- Phil Collins

Phil Collins




There is my playlist. Share yours and tell me what platform you use. I use Spotify and YouTube.

What platform do you use?

What are your favorite songs? Why?

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