library of books with statue busts

Writing Playlist: Dark Academia

Prestigious, exclusive universities. Quads and old gothic buildings scattered with autumn’s first fallen leaves. Dimly lit libraries filled with hidden corners, studying or sleeping students, perhaps an unknown special collections room. Secret societies, strange restrictions…murder. This is dark academia. Dark academia as a genre has enjoyed a boost in popularity these last few years. I […]

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Pine-covered mountains shrouded in mist on a cloudy day

Writing Playlist: Atmospheric

What a delightfully vague word, atmospheric.┬áThat could mean so many different things to so many different people. Let’s look at the dictionary definition: Relating to the atmosphere of the earth or (occasionally) another planet. (Hmm, not this one. I do wonder about the inclusion of occasionally. Why only occasionally another planet? What’s the criteria here?) […]

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wilting flowers in a vase

Writing Playlist: Grief

Welcome. You opened this post because something about a playlist that evokes grief spoke to you. Perhaps you’re a writer and you’re working on a difficult scene where your character(s) are struggling with an intense or sad situation. Or you’re reading a devastating novel that’s pulling out all the stops and stomping on your heart […]

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