#MusicMonday- My Writing Love Playlist

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    Edited by: Pamela Hester

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. How are you today? Today for #MusicMonday, I am doing something a bit different. I would like to share with you a playlist I created called Writing Love. Sometimes when I am writing certain scenes, music plays its part in helping me to write them, and when it comes to the characters. It builds the mood for me as well. I am still putting together the playlist, but would still like to share the fifteen I currently have.

    Majority of these songs I have listened to while writing and editing the Secrets series novels. I won’t go in-depth about it in this post, but I’ll save it for another time. I believe songs can take a person to that level that they may have never been to before. And to a level that they may not have been to in a while.

    Also, the majority of these songs are based on my characters on how they feel about certain things, people, and themselves. The songs also tell its own story. They can be based on what my characters are going through as well.

    I truly believe that when you write, especially with fiction, you have to feel how the characters are feeling. Understand their thoughts, and so on. I can go on and on about music and writing- two of my favorite things- but it will take several days. Lol.

    To view all the songs, you can click the horizontal lines where it says, 1/15.

    Songs In Playlist:

    1) Bob Marley- Is This Love

    2) Frankie Valli- I Love You Baby

    “But if you feel like I feel,
    please let me know that it’s real
    You’re just too good to be true,
    can’t take my eyes off of you
    I love you baby and if it’s quite all right,
    I need you baby to warm the lonely nights
    I love you baby trust in me when I say”

    3) H.E.R.- Best Part

    “I just wanna see
    I just wanna see how beautiful you are
    You know that I see it
    I know you’re a star
    Where you go I follow
    No matter how far
    If life is a movie
    Oh you’re the best part, oh oh oh
    You’re the best part, oh oh oh
    Best part”

    4) Khalid- Talk

    “Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Talk about where we’re goin’
    Before we get lost
    Let me out first
    Can’t get what we want without knowin’
    I’ve never felt like this before
    I apologize if I’m movin’ too far
    Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Figure out where we’re goin'”

    5) Keyshia Cole- Heaven Sent

    6) Bonnie Raiit- Something To Talk About

    7) Chris Stapleton- Tennessee Whiskey

    “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places
    Found the bottom of a bottle’s always dry
    But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it
    ‘Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high
    You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
    You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
    You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
    And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”

    8) Selena- Dreaming Of You

    “Now I’m dreaming
    With you tonight
    ‘Till tomorrow
    And for all of my life
    And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    Dreaming with you endlessly
    With you tonight
    And there’s nowhere in the world where I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    I’ll be dreaming
    Of you tonight
    And I’ll be holding you tight”

    9) Usher- Don’t Waste My Time

    10) Faith Hill- Breathe

    “‘Cause I can feel you breathe
    It’s washing over me
    And suddenly I’m melting into you
    There’s nothing left to prove
    Baby, all we need is just to be
    Caught up in the touch
    Slow and steady rush
    Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s suppose to be
    I can feel you breathe, just breathe”

    11) Anita Baker- Sweet Love

    “Sweet love hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame; I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    There’s no stronger love in this world, Oh, baby, no
    You’re my man; I’m your girl
    I’ll never go. Wait and see, can’t be wrong”
    Don’t you know this is where you belong?

    12) Snoop Dogg- Sensual Seduction

    13) Tanto Metro & Devonte- Everyone Falls In Love

    14) Wale ft. Usher- Matrimony (Jerry Seinfield in the beginning talking)

    “If there’s a question of my heart, you’ve got it
    It don’t belong to anyone but you
    If there’s a question of my love, you’ve got it
    Baby don’t worry, I’ve got plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans, oh love
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you”

    15) Beyonce- Crazy In Love (remix)

    “I look and stare so deep in your eyes
    I touch on you more and more every time
    When you leave, I’m begging you not to go
    Call your name two, three times in a row
    Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
    How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
    ‘Cause I know I don’t understand
    Just how your love can do what no one else can”

    Does songs play a part when it comes to your writing? Which ones?

    I Write Because… #Writing

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    I know I had shared before about why I write, and what writing means to me. Well, I would like to remind myself while sharing not only with my existing followers, but to the new ones as well. I appreciate you all.

    Though I haven’t written much lately since participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, writing isn’t some sort of mind exercise to transfer thoughts into words on screen or paper. I write because it is a way for me to express myself creatively. I feel like I can create magic with my thoughts and with my fingers. Writing, to me, is a spiritual act because I am not only sharing what’s on my mind, in my heart, but speaking from within my spirit.

    It’s also a magical thing when creating characters and world-building when it comes to writing stories. It is also scary reaching into those recesses of your brain to write and sharing what you wrote to the world. Writing helps with emotions and to overcome whatever one may be going through.

    I want to forever share my writing to the world because it is one of the few ways I feel safe within my right. It’s where I can be my genuine self. Writing means the world to me since I was a little girl who had a severe stuttering problem and hates to talk. Writing makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

    I want to understand words more and feel them deep course through my veins. And also because I still have so many stories and ideas to share that I keep putting off because I have a procrastination issue.

    Famous authors’ quotes on why they write:

    “I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.” – Octavia E. Butler


    “Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.” – Anaïs Nin


    “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
    — Toni Morrison


    “So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I’ve learned some things. Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled ‘file and forget,’ and I can neither file nor forget. Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency. Why should I be the one to dream this nightmare?” – Ralph Ellison

    Tell us, why do you write?

    #MusicMonday- What’s Love Got To Do With It

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    Today’s #MusicMonday was supposed to post on last Monday or the Monday before for the today’s artist’s birthday.

    The song I’ve chosen is by the beautiful and talented Tina Turner. Her birthday was on November 26th.

    I won’t get into how I came about knowing this song, but I will say that I love this song way too much. I believe that it is because of the way she sung it, and the meaning of this song.

    I had read that she wasn’t feeling the song at first since the song is an anti-love song, but was convinced it would be a hit. (I hope I had read that right.) I can understand that a person who believes in love would balk at the idea of recording such a song at first.

    I love it and I love her. She has this energy that amazes and excites me. Years ago, it had never dawned on me that this song is an anti-love song. I do believe in love even if it hasn’t found me…yet.

    I picked this song to say that most people do think this way about love. It’s something that is only physical and not an emotional thing according to them. I won’t go deep into this concept because we all know about these types of people.

    I don’t want to turn a blind eye to the people that believe this, because everyone is subject to believe in whatever they want. I can only hope it’s not something bad what they will believe in (other than love.) I wanted to share because I once didn’t believe love could actually exist. Okay, a few times.

    It had seemed like to me that some people doesn’t want to feel nor experience love in any other way because they do not want their heart broken. They don’t want to be cheated on, lied to, hurt in any other way, etc.

    It’s is understandable for any person would want to guard their heart. I figured they have to do what they can to protect it, and themselves.


    [Verse 1]
    You must understand though the touch of your hand
    Makes my pulse react
    That it’s only the thrill of boy meeting girl
    Opposites attract
    It’s physical
    Only logical
    You must try to ignore that it means more than that

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    What’s love but a second-hand emotion?
    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

    [Verse 2]
    It may seem to you that I’m acting confused
    When you’re close to me
    If I tend to look dazed I’ve read it someplace
    I’ve got cause to be
    There’s a name for it
    There’s a phrase that fits
    But whatever the reason you do it for me

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    What’s love but a second-hand emotion?
    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

    I’ve been taking on a new direction
    But I have to say
    I’ve been thinking about my own protection
    It scares me to feel this way

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    What’s love but a second-hand emotion?
    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    What’s love but a sweet old-fashioned notion?
    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    What’s love but a second-hand emotion?
    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
    Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

    What’s love?
    Got to do it
    Got to do it
    What’s love?

    Lyrics Source: Genius.com

    What’s Love Got to Do with It lyrics © Wb Music Corp., Goodsingle Ltd., Hornall Brothers Music Limited

    Songwriters: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle Released Date: May 1, 1984

    What are your thoughts on this song and being an anti-love song?

    Being Firm And Consistent With Your Goals And Self #SundayQuote

    Good morning/afternoon everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. I would like to drop a few lines or so to encourage you and say it’s okay to feel stuck when you are on the path of self-improvement and growth.

    Remember and remind yourself that it’s okay to feel down, but get back up and never give up. Troubles don’t last always. And just like the sun can shine one day. The next, it may be behind clouds. Or, a rainy day.

    Stay deeply rooted in whatever your goals are. Don’t worry about how long it will be and don’t compare yourself to others. You will accomplish them and you will rise above anything.

    I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend day. Take care.

    –Pamela ❤