5 Songs from My Writing Playlist: The Wolves of the Far North

Doing something a little different for this little listicle. If you’re new here, hello! I’m Alyssa, your host, an author of fantasy and science fiction, and I felt like sharing a little more about my work in progress today.

Since the middle of last year, I’ve been writing a YA High Fantasy I’ve tentatively titled The Wolves of the Far North. I go into it a lot more in this post where I explain the plot and where the idea came from, so I’m not going to rehash it here. But I will say that it’s a Nordic-inspired fantasy about the rivalry between two sisters fighting for the honour to join the same order of warriors. It has lots of strange, natural magic, deep culture and lore because that stuff is so much fun, and takes place in a harsh, cold climate. It’s so different from anything I’ve written before and it’s been so much fun to explore worldbuilding on a much smaller scale.

But we’re not here to discuss that! Today’s post is a little more…ambiguous I suppose. Like many writers, I have songs and playlists that I associate with a certain novel, that help me get into the right mindset and immerse me in the world. So I thought I’d share some of those today, and explain how and why they inspire me.

Here we go!

1) Natural – Imagine Dragons – If I could choose a song to be the anthem of the Order, it would be this one. The heavy beats, the tone and the lyrics all channel the spirit of the Order and its members.

2) The Wolves – Cyrus Reynolds – Something about this song sounds ethereal but also kind of badass and I absolutely love it for the rivalry between the two sisters, Vinya and Maera.

3) The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy – Definitely a song that inspires me to write the younger sister, Vinya. She begins to the story cursed by the spirits of the mountain, a fate she feels she deserves and over the course of the novel she is trying to find some redemption.

4) Stay Alive – Hidden Citizens feat. REMMI – Again, the beats and the lyrics just really speak to me, especially about the conflict surrounding the events of the novel and the desperation of the Order and the village to survive and preserve their home. Definitely an Act Three sort of song on my playlist.

5) Summit Siege – Frozen OST – I’ve mentioned before that the relationship between the two sisters from Frozen was a big part of my inspiration for this novel. When I was first imagining and attempting to plot it, I listened to this song a lot. I still listen to it on occasion, but it really doesn’t suit the tone of the novel anymore. Still, this song pushed me through so many blocks, I had to give it some credit here.

Quick and easy, but there you have it! Five songs that are on my Far North playlist right now. As I’m working through revisions and gearing up for a rewrite of the novel in July, I’ll probably be listening to these five songs quite a bit!

What Do You Think?

Did you give any of these a listen? Got any go-to songs for what you’re working on? Let me know in the comments!

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