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Let’s Talk Songs

One of my characters is a bard, and this weekend I’ve been working on a song

If you’re part of my newsletter, you may have noticed I mentioned the title for my new fantasy novel. I realized I haven’t talked about it here yet, which is mostly just an oversight since I usually only post new flash fiction stories on my blog. I decided to change that and pull back the curtain a little bit, so you can hear about what is keeping me busy (besides my two little whirlwinds – my almost 5 and almost 3-year-old).

I’m working on my new novel Daughters of Fire and Sea, book one in a new series, which is about twin sisters who discover magic, dragons, and a threat to their entire world. I’ll be revealing the cover and official blurb about a month out from the release, but I hope it sounds like something you want to read. I’m very excited to be able to share it with you soon!

Currently, I’m working on the final rewrite after getting my developmental edit back (to make sure I didn’t forget to wrap up any plot lines or did something confusing with my characters, etc.), and it’s going well. My editor’s advice has been invaluable. Approaching my story with new eyes, I’m pleased to see my characters coming alive in new ways, their motivations more clear, and the overall story is growing stronger as a result. I’ve also added in new elements that give depth to their world. Sometimes I forget that my readers can’t see inside my head, so if I leave something out, you’ll never know about it! (Right? No mind readers here?)

One of my characters is a bard, and this weekend I’ve been working on a song that he sings during their travels, which I didn’t include in the first draft. I’m finding it quite tricky actually, as I think songwriting is an entirely different beast (similar but different) and one that terrifies me. 🙂

I recently read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and I thought his songs were rhythmic and beautifully written. I googled for additional inspiration and came across Led Zepplin’s The Battle of Evermore (epic!) and the ribald The Maiden and the Bear from A Song of Ice and Fire – a little book you’ve probably heard of? 😉 A lot of songs I’ve listened to employ rhyming, but it’s something I usually avoid. (I’m a rebel, baby!) The closest I’ve gotten to creating songs was way back when I filled notebooks with angsty poetry in high school, and I rarely rhymed. I’ve always done my own thing. Forgive me if the meter and song structure is your jam because I likely will be breaking all the rules. Maybe by the third book in the Daughters of Fire and Sea trilogy, I’ll be an old hand at it?

I know I’ve read many books with great songs in them, but I can’t remember which ones! Do you have any favorite songs from fantasy stories? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Now, back to writing the next scene (they’re on a beach!). I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend.

(Photo by Marius Masalar on Unsplash)

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