Monday, July 25, 2005

Twilight Child Story Arc - Teen Titans Fanfic

I would like to say thank you to everyone who has read the "Twilight Child" fanfic on I had such a blast writing about characters that I have loved for so long!

I am planning multiple stories in this arc (4-5 at least) with several Other Characters, including the Charlie Thunder Horse that you met in this story. He will show up again.

The next story is called "Deeper" and should be out by late August. I do a lot of my writing on the weekends, but I am losing this next weekend as I am headed over to LibertyCon 18.

I would like to share one of my writing methods with you today: I listen to music while I am writing specific scenes to help produce the correct mood and pacing. They act as a kind of "soundtrack" to the story.

I got this idea while I was writing the desert chase scene in TC. I listened to Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" over and over and over again. The tempo of the music does sound to me like hoofbeats, desperate hoofbeats.

Not long after, I went to see Cheap Trick at the Riverbend music festival. Some of their songs served as fuel for other scenes and/or dialog: "Dream Police" and "The Flame" amongst others.

Another inspiring song was "Grace Like Rain" by Todd Agnew, which helped me create the soul-release at the end of the chase. For the last chapter, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel played quite a bit, along with "Midnight Blue" by Lou Gramm (I am such a child of the 80s). There was a little bit of Don Henley/Eagles in throughout the story as well: "Hole in the World" and "The Last Worthless Evening". And of course Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" is in there. I am trying to remember what else I listened to . . .

Here's some hints for the sequel's "soundtrack": some traditional Japanese drums (for tension), a lot of Def Leppard acoustical tracks (like the acoustic live version of "Hysteria", beautiful! and "Move With Me Slowly"), "Escape" by Sandra McCracken, "One Vision" and "I Want to Break Free" by Queen, "Enter Sandman" by Metallica (although that may be TOO intense for this particular story -- but I have always thought that if they did a movie version of TERROR OF TRIGON that that song should be in there. It gives any scene a very chilling feel.)

I do plan for "Deeper" to be a little more light-hearted than "Twilight Child", even though its main focus is not comedy.

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