The Undercover Soundtrack – John Dutton

My post for Roz Morris’s The Undercover Soundtrack – which features writers talking about how music has influenced their work – is online today. In it, you’ll find out how I’ve been inspired by Blondie, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Arcade Fire, and Talking Heads, plus an unlikely appearance by Doctor Who’s enemies the Daleks!

My Memories of a Future Life

for logo‘Music to find inspired randomness’

Once a week I host a writer who uses music as part of their creative environment – perhaps to connect with a character, populate a mysterious place, or hold  a moment still to explore its depths. This week my guest is YA fantasy author John Dutton @JohnBDutton

Soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, The Beatles

Creating a work of art is usually stochastic; a combination of logical planning and inspired randomness. A novelist needs to wobble across this stochastic tightrope from blank page to finished text.

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Original, unexpected ideas come from a variety of sources. Dreams, alcohol and drugs fueled writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William S. Boroughs. As for myself (and in the words of the great Meat Loaf) two out of three ain’t bad. The odd pint of Guinness has…

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