• THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
FOR THE NOVEL, TAKING HEART •
Reading is personal. Every single one of us will have a different reaction to the same book, which makes for a nervous-wreck of a writer right here! I just never know what people will like when I'm writing.
Take for example, in Taking Heart, when Eric does something in the middle of the story that might very well mean the end of his romantic relationship with Ren. Some people don't like it, don't like that the hero would do something like that, and that's okay. Eric's a stubborn guy, add to that his drive to impress his stepfather, so his actions are understandable under the circumstances. He just lost his way was all.
Sorry for getting sidetracked. This wasn't about defending Eric. This was about the Taking Heart playlist!
When I write, I usually compile a playlist in iTunes that reminds me of various parts of the story. When writing this novel, however, I didn't even think about music until the end, long after the story was published.
Here are the songs that makes me think of my story:
• We've Got Tonight / Bob Seger
• Home / Phillip Phillips
• Be Still / The Fray
• Pride and Joy / Brandi Carlile
• Gravity / Sara Bareilles
• Down / Jason Walker
• Glowing / The Script
And the two songs that I am currently obsessed with that just go so well with the novel:
I Won't Give Up / Jason Mraz
This song, for me, just hits the right note and tone for the story. I especially love this part:
And when you're needing your space
To do some navigating
I'll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find
'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No, I won't give up
And for the second song:
Shake it Out / Florence and the Machine
When I hear this song, the story comes alive in my head like a movie:
Regrets collect like old friends...
Ren drives Eric to the airport near the end of the story. Cut to her living her life, working at the bakery, just performing the motions of day to day life.
It's always darkest before the dawn...
When the drum beats begin, cut to Ren running in the streets on cloudy morning.
I can never leave the past behind...
She turns a corner and the sun peeks through the clouds. She feels the breeze on her face and closes her eyes for a moment as she pauses at a stop light.
Tonight I'm going to bury that horse in the ground...
She looks at the envelope in her hand and slips it into her purse. She goes to the Blairs' house.
Shake it out, shake it out...
When the music swells, cut to Ren walking inside the airport with a sense of purpose. She's carrying her duffel bag and a box from her bakery.
I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart...
Eric eating dinner with his family. He's enjoying himself but his smile doesn't quite reach his eyes.
Cut scenes between Eric with his family and Ren exiting the airport and getting into a taxi.
And I'm damned if I do, I'm damned if I don't...
Ren exits the cab and looks up at the apartment building.
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope...
The doorbell rings and Eric gets up from the table.
Well what the hell, I'm gonna let it happen to me...
The music swells once more when Eric opens the door. Ren hands Eric the box and a second later, he kisses her.
Shake it out, shake it out... music fades.
Sorry if that was a little indulgent. I have had that playing in my head nearly all week and I just needed to write it down!
That's it for now. Thank you to those who are reading this humble little blog of mine, and of course, thank you to those who read Taking Heart.
Time is a precious commodity, and I appreciate the time you have granted me.