I always use sountracks for my WIP. I usually have to have the songs set up before I can start writing, and then I play them in a continous loop that seems to drive everyone but me insane. (probably because I am already insane.) But there are some songs that are universal for my heroines that I use to get me in the mood to create a new one, like this:

When I’ve shown you that I just don’t care
When I’m throwing punches in the air
When I’m broken down and I can’t stand
Will you be strong enough to be my man?
(Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow)

Or this one:

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way
So take me as I am
This may mean
You’ll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that
When I start to make you nervous
And I’m going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change
And today won’t mean a thing
(Bitch by Meredith Brooks)

I kind of imagine the heroes lining up to read the requirements the heroines have set up for them based on the lyrics. Some of them will shake their heads sadly and just walk away, knowing they are no match. Some look intrigued but aren’t ready for that kind of commitment, but assure me they’ll be back to try at a later date. And there’s always one who looks determined. And smirky, like, she’s met her match and lets see her handle this:

I would walk two miles on my, hands and knees
ain’t no doubt about it, baby, it’s you I aim to please
I’d wrestle with a lion and a, grizzly bear
it’s my life baby but, I don’t care
ain’t that tuff enough?
for you baby I would, swim the sea
nothin’ I’d do for you that’s too, tough for me
I’d put out a burnin’ building with a, shovel and dirt
and not even worry about, getting hurt
(Tuff Enough by the Fabulous Thunderbirds)

And once that hero steps into the book, there’s no turning back for them. I warned them and I can’t help it if they don’t listen well.

Steph T.