Ever thought about what song would be the theme to your book? What if I told you that those thoughts will help your book become even better?
I love music so this post came sort of easily to me. For me, the themes song to my book (I'll tell you what it is later) came silently. I wasn't searching for a theme song. I was just listening to music on my laptop. I've heard that song over and over for a long time before (because I love the artist) but the thought of it being connected to my book never came to me. Not until I started diving further into my books and its themes.
As of now (because who knows what other music I'll be introduced to?) my novel's theme song is "Hometown Glory" by Adele (the full version, not the shorter one). The song's message about one's hometown, its memories, its people, really fits incredibly well with my novel and my main character's character arc.
Finding out my novel's theme song has helped in strengthening various points of that specific theme in my novel. You know how sometimes you know your novel needs a little something, but you don't know what? Listening to "Hometown Glory" helped in finding out those spots which could be strengthened to create a strong, solid narrative arc.
And it's not only for theme songs. For example, listening to this amazing version of this amazing song (I love that song a lot) inspired me to push one scene in my novel to a higher dimension, something I know will help take the story to an epic-er (?) plane.
If you're having trouble finding your novel's theme song, don't go searching for one. Let it come to you. And think: "If my novel was made into a movie, what song would be playing in the end credits?" Usually, that'll be your novel's theme song :)
NOW GO OFF AND FIND YOUR THEME SONG!
Have you already found it? What songs do you think fit your novel well?