While I was in college, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the school’s radio station and host my own weekly program for four years. Even though I’ve graduated, there’s still a part of me that is a DJ at heart. I love arranging playlists for family gatherings and road trips, and my writing life is no different.
Because of this, it seemed only right to introduce a little something I’m calling Soundwave Wednesday on my blog. These weekly posts will feature some of my favorite music from the Regency Era where the majority of my stories are set, songs that would find themselves on a project’s soundtrack, tracks that give me the little jolt of motivation I need for another writing session, and more.
For the inaugural Soundwave Wednesday post, I thought it would be fitting to share one of the songs that never fails to get me in the mood for writing.
Watch What Happens, Newsies
If you’re unfamiliar, Newsies is a musical based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899. The Broadway musical is slightly different than the original Disney film, with new character Katherine replacing Denton and Sarah, but her solo Watch What Happens is quite possibly my favorite from the show (apart from King of New York and Seize the Day) and one of the tracks I tend to listen to when I need a motivational boost to sit down and get to work.
Watch What Happens centers around Katherine’s efforts to write an article about the strike while working through the pressure caused by her desire to be viewed as a serious journalist despite society’s view of women in the field (and in general), as well as the inklings of feelings she is developing towards the protest’s leader.
Many of the lyrics reflect my own writing habits, especially the drive well as my own desire to make a mark on the world as a writer, but also the feelings of hesitation and second guessing myself.
“…Absolutely! That is genius!
But give me some time, I’ll be twice as good as that six months from never…”
We’ve all been there. Confidence can fluctuate, as it often does for me. We may feel as though the concept we had for a novel was completely brilliant yesterday but is completely bogus today so why even bother with it. Or we jot down a line that is fantastic but could be improved upon, only to find it doesn’t fit anywhere in our current project.
It’s fine and perfectly normal to have doubts or feelings that you don’t know what the heck you’re doing (or if you even should be doing it). But the thing to remember is that if you don’t get started you’ll never get to where you want to be. A bad draft can always be edited, but only if it exists. As Katherine tells us:
“…all I know is nothing happens if you just give in. / It can’t be any worse than how it’s been.”
Watch What Happens always puts me in the right mindset to work through my own doubts about my projects (and, admittedly, myself at times) and get the words on the page. Hopefully, it can do the same for you.
Do you have any favorite songs to get your writing sessions started? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to join me for another Soundwave Wednesday next week!