Music is one of the most important aspects of my entire writing process. That is why I wanted to create a weekly series that will spotlight a song from my current writing playlist.
This week, the song is “Till It Happens to You” by Lady Gaga.
I was initially drawn to this song due to its appearance in the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground which spotlights campus rape in the United States. My protagonist in the novel I am currently writing is dealing with a variety of issues, the worst of them being sexual assault. However, this song can apply to other aspects of her life. She has been through a lot as a character and I believe that this is a song that anyone can relate to. No matter how trivial our issues are, no one know truly knows what it’s like until it happens to them. This, in a way, reflects my protagonist’s mindset at the beginning of the novel. She feels extremely isolated and has a difficult time cultivating lasting and meaningful relationships with people due to her experiences.
It is difficult to listen to this song at times and I find that I can only listen to it when I write specific scenes revolving around my protagonist and her journey.
Have any of you listened to this song and what is your opinion of it? Please comment below and until next time kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!