From my creative writing blog. It deals with how fans interact with media, so I’ll post it here as well.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my fiction-writing process. the more I thought, the more I realized how important music playlists are to my projects. Starting with “Magnolia,” the first short story of my college senior project, I’ve had a playlist (or two, or three) for every major work I’ve written.
I don’t think it’s just me, but I do think it’s exploded with my generation. Check the playlist tag on Tumblr (which skews toward the 18-24 demographic), and you’ll see probably almost a hundred updates a day, with people posting playlists or the songs in them, often with song titles superimposed over an artsy photographic background. There’s usually a link at the bottom to a site like 8tracks that allows people to save playlists to listen to later, but sometimes there are links to the individual songs on YouTube. Of course, the playlist is a newer form of a…
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