For my birthday, my cousin's boyfriend gave me a bunch of old cds that he thought would make for good writing soundtracks.
About ten percent of it will work for Doorways.
The rest is pretty much the soundtrack for Guardian.
It's great to finally have the music I need. To me, music is more than the backtrack of the book I'm writing.
It helps me hear my characters.
It helps me to FEEL my characters.
In fact, nothing helps me to know my characters better than listening to their songs - particularly new songs. New songs tend to let me explore a new aspect of them.
Easy. I hear a song and suddenly smile, realizing that the song fits a character somehow. Then it's my job to figure out why the song works so well. Random, but useful.
What do you do to figure out your characters?