Writing Playlists: Oath to Order or Order to Chaos

Hi guys! 

Writing Playlists are always a topic of conversation amongst writers. Should you have one? Should you listen to anything while working on your WIP? How do you know what will compliment your genre? 

I can’t answer those questions. If you’re a writer the only person who can is you. Only you will know your preference and everybody likes different things. 

Ever since I started writing thirteen years ago I’ve never been able to write without music playing. I’d listen to whatever was played on the radio whether it be a sad song or 8O’s pop. I have always found it hard to write in silence. This has its downsides because I find myself getting distracted by lyrics or the rhythm of the song. Luckily it only happens on the odd occasion. 

It’s only recently that I’ve put a writing playlist together. I’ll share it with you. 

Within Temptation- And We Run

Moby –                           After

Within Temptation-   Mother Earth

Enya –                               Wild Child 

Evanescence-                 Hello

Within Temptation-     Shot In The Dark

Enya-                          Return to Innocence

Enya-                           The Cults

Within Temptation-   Faster

Within Temptation-    Our Farewell

We Are The Fallen-       I Am Only One 

These are just some of what I like to listen to while writing. There’s more to add at a later date which is always fun to do. 

As Pandora’s Kiss is a Dystopian Fantasy I find myself being drawn to gothic/alternative metal to write to the most. Q

I hope you enjoyed reading my playlist. 

Until next week, 


With thanks to Álvaro Serrano for the image via Unsplash.com 


What’s In A Name – Pseudonym or real?

Hi guys!

This week I’m going to talk about pseudonyms, otherwise known as pen names. They are often used when the author wishes to make a name for her/ himself in that pacific genre or when wanting to keep their identity for the short run.

There is still a debate on whether pen names are needed to write a book. Many of times I’ve heard the question on social media. Do I need a pen name? Would it be better? I always answer with the same response. Do what feels right for the book, and for you. 

Not many authors use their real names. J K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, wanted to use just her first name,  Joanne and her surname but changed it to her initials due to the agent’s fear of boys not wanting to read a female author. There’s not much of a difference. However, she is also known as Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym she uses for writing crime. In an interview I can remember her saying that she wanted to differentiate herself from being the author of a children’s book.

That’s common, too.

I use a pen name to write because I think my name is too boring to be associated with a dystopian young adult fantasy series. My real name is Katie Harrison. My pen name is Blaze Mckenna. Now, which one of those sounds more appealing? You’re going to say, Blaze aren’t you? I know you are. :p.

Pen names can be quite fun.

Should you have a pen name for writing your book? Don’t ask me. The answer lies with you.

Have a good week!