I don’t know about other writers, but I frequently assign songs to my characters and stories as a sort of soundtrack (although not the kind of soundtrack that would be playing if the story was a movie! Anachronistic stuff). Often it’s something that’s inspirational to me–I can listen to the song while working out or driving and let the way that songwriter describes those feelings or that scenario that my character also experiences lead my mind down new paths for the story.
Most of the time this happens while I’m either writing a story or before I start, when it’s still in the formation stages. But every now and then a song will retroactively apply itself to a story I’ve already written.
This (obviously) just happened. I’m driving to work, listening to a party mix one of my friends made for me, and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” pops up. I like the song, yeah, good beat, interesting change-ups, etc., but I had never really listened to the words. For whatever reason, they stood out to me today, and as I listened, I kept thinking “damn, this would make a GREAT angsty kind of love story.” Then I realized I had already pretty much written it, with Twelfth Night. There’s definitely that edge of anger and darkness and “I don’t want to be friends” to Olivia’s relationship with the hero.
Not sure I’m right? Check out the first scene and decide for yourself….