Don’t Speak…Write, Instead

My lovely friend, Joanna Nadin, recently blogged about how music and books are closely interlinked. You can read her post, on the wonderful Girls Heart Books website, here.

Music seems to be something a lot of authors are inspired by. Stephanie Meyer (she wrote some novels about vampires, you might have heard of them) often talks about how important Muse is to her writing. And a while back, I was struggling during a rewrite of my novel, Me, Suzy P…when this song came on the radio. It’s Don’t Speak, by No Doubt. Depending on your age, you may or may not know it. To me it feels like it was out only five minutes ago, although I’ve just checked, and had a heart attack to realise it was out in 1996, sixteen whole years ago. SIXTEEN? How can that be right? Excuse me for a moment while I  have a  wobble about how old I’m getting and how time is passing by crazy quickly. Ahem. *composes self*

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, the song came on the radio and I had a real moment of ‘this is exactly how my character is feeling’. It was the first verse that really resonated with me, as Suzy and her boyfriend are having some problems:

“You and me
We used to be together
Everyday together always
I really feel
That I’m losing my best friend
I can’t believe
This could be the end
It looks as though you’re letting go
And if it’s real
Well I don’t want to know”

And from there on in, the rewrite was a whole lot easier, as that really helped with the emotional tone I wanted. So thank you, Gwen Stefani, and the rest of No Doubt.

I’m just in the beginning stages of starting the sequel to Me, Suzy P, and I’m already wondering what its theme song is going to be. It focuses on female friendships, so I hope it’s something fun. Any suggestions?  *sits back and prepares for a deluge of people to suggest Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It’s good, but it’s not right*

Published by Karen Saunders

I'm a writer for children and teenagers. I'm the author of the Me, Suzy P series, and just like Suzy, I'm a walking disaster area. I also suffer from embarrassment-itis. Ask me about the time I got my nose broken in a tickling fight, or ended up in plaster after opening a window or fell in a huge hole or walked into a lamp-post. There are loads more, as well... I'm also the author of the picture book Baby Badger's Wonderful Night. I have little in common with badgers.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Speak…Write, Instead

  1. Of course, now you’ve said that, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is all I can think of! Erm… Perhaps something that combines a heap of Bananarama, a smidgen of Altered Images, a sprinkling of Lady Gaga and a great big dollop of EARLY Madonna? I can’t, however, think of a song about friendship that doesn’t include a soft-focus video. Let me know when you’ve found one, do!

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