Writing With Music: We All Do It


You know that song. That one song that created vivid thoughts and ideas in your head. Did it contribute to a story? It happens all the time, we writers find inspiration everywhere. Some while mediating after Yoga or breaking into their own house after you forgot your keys. “That would make a great story.” Most of the time it’s almost uncontrollable, but if you manipulate your surroundings I believe you can set yourself in the right mind set. It’s like a rockstar listening to music before the go out on stage. That’s what you are a writing rockstar. Besides a little exercise the right music is also essential to clearing the mind and focusing.

What I listen To.

Depending on the genre I find different music useful. For example, a good sci-fi story with the ambiance of some techno perhaps some dubstep really let’s my dive into those scenes, especially those cyber punk clubs with the insane dj’s and rockstars. The UK makes the best dubstep and I’m also a huge Dillion Francis fan.

Now speculative fiction seems easier to write with some poppy punk music for me. Throw me some MXPX, The Offspring or even some Ramones. Why? I have no clue.

Horror, is usually heavy or violent. Combichrist, Three Days Grace or The Misfits.

I started writing noir. Seems like everyone is doing it and everyone keeps sending my pulp fic and noir books to read. So now I’m there, typing about a man who’s a total jerk, but he’s gotta win, well very few people win in my stories. Anyways, Alkaline Trio or Tom Waits.

Why It Helps.

That constant mood, it’s not always there. I’ll write 1/3 of my story in the john and another while I watch television. Days later it’s finished throughout the day, either between waiting for someone or something, eating, or doing who knows what. But every time the mood is different. I always regret not writing in one sitting. It’s not always possible, but if you started an album or genre of music and used it every time you began to write again, it has a better grip on that mood you were in.

Everyone is different, but I think you should try it and let me know. Perhaps give me a tip on writing other genres.

-L. Vera

How I Got 10,000 Followers on Twitter or How To Use Tweepi

-by L. Vera

One word can pretty much sum it up Tweepi.

Here’s my twitter history. I started “tweeting” in Feb. It wasn’t my first time on twitter, before I had a character from my book, Diary of a Madman (which will be free this weekend), tweet his kills. That small experiment was fun, but I still didn’t have my own personal account. Once I decided that I wanted to release Diary of a Madman as a book, I thought that I needed somehow to help get the word out. I amassed about 100 followers shortly, mostly dedicated readers and a couple of random people. Six months later I manage 10,000 followers.

I can’t remember how I stumbled on Tweetpi, but when I did I didn’t really understand what I stumbled upon. 

I stumbled on the holy grail of twitter websites. Now, many people don’t like this method. They want “quality followers”. Well, who’s to say who isn’t a quality follower. Out of the 300 people I follow a day using this program, I find many quailty followers, way beyond just sitting down and expecting them to find me. And to tell you the truth, the ones that friend me without me following them, tend to be useless. They don’t mention me, they don’t retweet me, they don’t really talk to me. They feel more like virtual stalkers then quality followers. Now, the ones I’ve interacted with, some just saying “Thanks for the follow” I’ve built relationships from a simple “No prob.”

I have 10,000 followers. When I post a tweet, I get at least 20 clicks. I’ve tested it using affiliate tracking links and simple visit counters. Do you get that many? I ran those test back when I had 6,000 followers, who knows how well those links do now.

Tweepi is easy to use. I suggest signing on and quickly start by using the Follow Tweeps pull down and clicking on @user’s followers. This will bring you to the page where you can fill in a person’s twitter handle and get a chance to follow their followers. I suggest using, @inkmuse or @randomhouse for bloggers. Basically choose a popular twitter account that has the followers that would follow you, someone similar to what you tweet/ post about.

Then list them by last tweet, I fell like this short’s out the quiet/stalker tweeps. Then click the top, most active tweep and then go down to about maybe a couple of days. I like 10 days, but originally choose smaller amount like 2-3 days. Hold shift and click the last one, it will highlight everyone in-between.

Then click Follow. They get queued and after you go to the next page or just wait a bit, they all get followed. Normally you can only see 20 at a time unless you tweet a little link to tweepi and they give you 20 more a page. You can also purchase a version that sorts them a whole lot better, but I find the free version adequate.

That’s it. At first you should keep your following to between 100-200, until you hit around 2000. Then you need to use the flush the unfollowers section, to get rid of those that don’t follow you. I do this at least once a week. Then start over. I wasn’t to crazy about doing this everyday, but maybe dedicating every other week to reaching a new number would help. As your followers grow, it seems that people start to find me on their own now. It could be because of my short stories on the web, or because how popular AKAQ has gotten, but I find I need to use tweepi less and less.

@LVeraWrites