Hard Part’s Over: All Finished but I Really Need Your Help!

Whew! I finished editing all 50 scenes of my scene outline for Warfare Book I!

I SERIOUSLY NEED YOUR HELP THOUGH—KEEP READING!

I updated each scene with scene question and answers, my research, and little historical things I had to fix (or, if I had to change them for the plot, wrote down the best way to communicate the change for the reader), and then added in all the actual character names instead of…

1. Travel Director or TD
2. 2nd Advisor or Advisor 2 or A2
3. 1st Advisor or Advisor 1 or A1
4. NAME-OF-RANDOM-ADVISOR
5. Thief Child
6. Wife
7. Female Loyalist Horsemen Guard
8. Loyal Bodyguard

XD You get the idea. To satisfy your curiosity, their names are now (let’s see if I can remember them!):

1. Minato Deren
2. Erin Konran
3. Sakai Tadakiyo
4. Yaku Tallinn
5. Eriya Subete
6. Christel Schrijven (Dutch, I know. There was a Dutch trading post in Nagasaki at the time. I DID MY RESEARCH. >:))
7. Keiti Erenoa
8. Kaden Senki

I won’t say which ones are evil, because that would ruin the whole point of my painstakingly foreshadowed clues, but I reeeeally wanna. *whimpers*

I also made a list of on-the-fly male and female Japanese names I like in case little minor characters needing to be named pop up in the first draft, then named other minor characters that had dialog and might need to be distinguished when speaking.

As for the scene question and answers, I learned about this from Josie. And because it was genius, I went ahead and did it tooo. >:) Here are a few examples from my updated scene outline:

Scene #3:
Question: Will Hinoki get over his distraction with romance?
Answer: No, but he’ll come up with a decent solution.

Scene #7:
Question: Will Ari find a way to escape?
Answer: Not yet; someone offers to help her instead.

Scene #13:
Question: Hah, can Ari make it to the party [where she’s having a mission] on June 30th without any trouble today?
Answer: Never. >:)

Scene #14:
Question: Can Ari get to the westerner’s party without any trouble now?
Answer: HAHAHAHAHA

Scene #15:
Question: Will Ari be able to escape from Kazanawi?
Answer: Yes, but only to be captured by Hinoki!

Most people would say I was in rare sorts that morning at 5 A.M. (in which I updated 36 scenes in one sitting) after seeing all my HAHAHAHA and HEHE and >:) and 😉 and ❤️s. But I wouldn’t, because that isn’t rare. I’m like that 100% of the time.

Maybe the chocolate-covered cherries contributed, even though they were expired.

Oops.

Ate ’em anyway.

AND NOW I NEED YOUR HELP!

I’m on the hunt for music to listen to while I write Warfare Book I. I have a few good songs already, but after scouring iTunes and all the artists I knew of that might have what I wanted, I’ve come up dry. I need something fresh, epic, battle-y, intense…

Would you be willing to help me? I’d love any recommendations! Here is what I’m looking for:

  • Epic tracks that sound exactly like THIS:


AHHHH IT’S SO INTENSE AND PERFECT, GUYS.

That’s a small and, sadly, the only instrumental snippet from Intro 2 by NF. Most of NF’s stuff would be perfect—so epic and dramatic! … if only it was instrumental. I can usually tune out lyrics pretty well; I’m listening to Christian rap as I write this, haha; but I don’t agree with some of the theology in his songs and wish he’d come out with instrumentals of his stuff already. XD

  • Preferably instrumental.
  • By a Christian artist. I don’t discriminate against other artists for not believing in Jesus (what a jerk I would be!); I just put an importance on filling my mind with music that agrees with my morals, values, and has a good, clean, God-honoring spirit behind it.
  • Nothing on YouTube. I’m willing to buy songs on iTunes, but as I’m not allowed on YouTube, giving a link to a video on there wouldn’t be helpful. XD
  • Basically, super intense, exciting, upbeat, dramatic, tense, what I’ve Madi-labeled as “epic” music tracks. XD

DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ME BASED ON THE POINTS ABOVE? DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE? DO YOU WORK WELL WITH LYRICS OR CAN’T STAND ‘EM?

I’m so excited to being writing Warfare Book I on January 1st!! AHH!!

P.S. Something’s in it for you, too.

P.P.S. YOUR LIFE. IF YOU SUGGEST NOTHING YOU DIEEE.

By | 2017-12-17T21:38:33+00:00 December 17th, 2017|News, Warfare, Writing|68 Comments

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68 Comments

  1. Danielle December 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Haha, you came to the right person! The below are available on iTunes and are completely instrumental.
    – The Maze Runner soundtrack
    – Planet Earth II soundtrack *raises eyebrows*
    OMGOODNESS THESE SOUNDTRACKS ARE SO AMAZING AND EPIC AND ahem. That’s over forty songs (I think forty. I know there’s a lot XD) full of complete epicness 😉 . Good luck!
    ~Danielle

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Ahh, yay! I’m checking the soundtracks out right now!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH DANIELLE.

  2. Kendall December 17, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Yay! You’re getting so far!
    Haha, I’m the worst person to ask for “epic” songs, because I’m more a Nichole Nordeman gal. However, my bro is into Christian rap.
    I know these aren’t instrumental, but I listen to piano instrumental, primarily. (I can recommend the instrumental Narnia soundtrack though).
    But here are some Christian rap suggestions…
    Aaron Cole- Right on Time
    Tauren Wells- Undefeated, Love is Action, Never Gonna Let Me Go, Nothing But You, Supernatural, All My Love
    I’m so sorry these aren’t instrumental! I wish I could be of more help. 🙁

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall!

      Ahh, I LOVE Tauren Wells! I have a ton of his songs. I’ve only checked out Aaron Cole briefly, I’ll be sure to check out that song! Thanks again, Kendall!

  3. EnniMorgan December 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Hmm…sorry, but I don’t have many songs by Christian Arists. :/ They’re all CLEAN, but personally, I know no Christian artists whose songs I actually like. XD

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Haha, no problem! XD Thanks for commenting, Enni!

  4. Starling December 18, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I don’t use iTunes, so I don’t really have any recommendations… The only dramatic and epic music I can think of is the Star Wars music hahaha. I’m okay with lyrics, but sometimes I accidentally type out the lyrics while I’m writing instead of my original idea XD It’s hilarious at times.

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      LOL, I do that sometimes with school. One time I looked up and my penmanship page was dotted with not what I was supposed to be copying, but lyrics from the song I was listening to. XD Thanks anyway, Starling!

      • Starling December 21, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

        Hahahahahaha did you have to re write everything?

        • Madi December 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

          Not everything, but everything that was part of the song. XDD

          • Starling December 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

            O….kay… That was a bit confusing but I got it

            • Madi December 22, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

              Sorry 😂

  5. Diamond December 18, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Not sure if I’d be much help, because I don’t listen to much music, much less Christian music. I’d suggest scores from movies. I have scores from movies and rides constantly running through my head.

    Hope this helps.
    Diamond

    P.S. AHHHHHH I HELPED DONT KILL MEEE!!!!!!

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      No problem, Diamond! Ooh, movie soundtracks. Thank you so much!!

      P.S. TIME TO DIE… OH WAIT, YOU HELPED, NEVER MIND.

  6. Zella The Writer December 18, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

    LOTR soundtrack/Narnia soundtrack! I’ll safeyoutube some for you.

    The Mines of Moria: http://safeyoutube.net/w/DQyc
    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Battle Scene: http://safeyoutube.net/w/EQyc

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Ooh, thank you so much, Zella!! Hehe, battle scene… >:)

  7. Olive December 18, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Sorry, I don’t really do writing music, so I can’t really help. 😕
    But you can’t kill me because you don’t know where I live- UH ON NO I SENT A CARD FOR THE EXCHANGE SO YOU DO KNOW WHERE I LIVE AAHHHHHHHHH
    *gathers up weapons and runs into the woods*
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    P.s. I can’t reply to the comment on the previous post, but blowing a raspberry is when you stick your tongue out and blow, and it makes that weird sound. I actually didn’t even know it was called blowing a raspberry until last year. 😜

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      No problem, Olive! Woah, you seem like the type that would listen to Star Wars music or something while writing. XD

      YES. I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. RUN, RUN, RUN, AND FEAR ME.

      P.S: Ohh! That’s what it’s called! I always call it “making a fart noise”. XD

      • Olive December 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        😁
        I MAY RUN, BUT I SHALL NOT FEAR YOU.
        Most crazily, ~Olive

        P.s. 😂😂😂

        • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

          FEAR MEEE. >:(

  8. agdolldreams December 18, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Hehe, I WOULD TOTALLY HELP YOU BUT I ACTUALLY CAN’T THINK OF ANY. AND I AM LIKE THE MUSIC QUEEN HERE AT MY HOUSE. BUT IF I THINK OF ANYTHING I SHALL LET YOU KNOW. AND CONGRATS ON FINISHING!!

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      HEHE NO PROBLEM AT ALL. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  9. Anna December 18, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Sorry! I wish I had something for you but I don’t. ☹️

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      No problem, Anna! Thank you so much for commenting anyway! <3

  10. Josie December 18, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    HEHE YAY FOR BEING MOSTLY FINISHED. I got the question-and-answer thing from K.M Weiland who got it from Paula Munier who got it from — well, who knows?
    Do me a favor and approve this comment first because I wanna be first comment. >:(
    I don’t listen to the same type of music you do, but you might like https://www.ambient-mixer.com if your wifi doesn’t block it. It’s basically sounds to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, and I looked and they have some Japanese ones that might help. Since random people make them they’re not all good but some of them are awesome.

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      HEHE YAY FOR ME JUST KIDDING. Hehe, figured.

      Fine. >:(

      Woah! That sounds amazing! Any bad ones on there or anything?

      • Josie December 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

        HEHE. XD
        Don’t give me that virtual look.
        Some of them have weird themes if you get what I’m saying but if not I’ll explain it over text XD The noises themselves shouldn’t be inappropriate (I don’t see how they really could be) but people could always label the texts with curses or something. I guess the risk is the same as browsing titles on iTunes or Soundblock. XD

        • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          What virtual look? >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:)

          Ahh, okay. XD I’ll be sure to check it out! Thanks again!

  11. Julia December 18, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I HAVE SO MANY RECOMENDATIONS!! So many albums, sometimes not all the songs in them… I’d have to give you a full blown out email on them! 😂 I use iTunes as well, so that’ss make it easier. 😃

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      AHH REALLY?? TELL ME TELL ME TELL MEEEE!

  12. Emmie December 18, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Congratulations on finishing! Sadly, I don’t know any tunes…:(

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Emmie! No problem — thanks for commenting!

  13. Lizfromagh December 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    YESS! EPIC SOUNDTRACKS! I got a good one, Madi, that is from an epic Fan fiction i am writing. It’s all instrumental, the guy is not Christian as far as i know but there is no singing that would be like :P. It is super intense and awesome, especially Colosseum Finale. It is: Sean Callery’s 24: tv show soundtrack. It is EPIC, MAN! Hopefully this ITunes link works….https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/24-original-television-soundtrack/id203054742

    So yeah! That’s the epicness right there. Lol, i listen to it while doing schoolwork and writing and rping. It’s just awesome. Hopefully you like it!

    Btw, can’t WAIT for Warfare!

    • Madi December 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      AHH YAY!! That sounds absolutely epic! Thank you SO. MUCH. I can’t wait to check it out.

      Aww, thank you so much!!

      • Lizfromagh December 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        No problem, Madi! I love soundtracks! Lol, i might have another one soon!

  14. Patriot Pictures December 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    There is on iTunes some albums that are epically awesome (I have the same problem with music) They are:

    Agents of Fiction

    Dramatic Flight

    Hopeful Mystery

    Epic Journeys

    and then some movie soundtracks (Narnia! 😃)

    I hope these help.

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      OOOOH, thank you SO much! I can’t wait to check these out!

  15. Kendra Lynne December 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    “He’s A Pirate” from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack is pure EPICNESS. I don’t know whether the composer was a Christian, but its only instrumental and I love to listen to it while writing.
    If I’m listening to songs with lyrics, I nearly always listen to Christian music, but with classical/instrumental movie scores, it doesn’t really matter.
    Also, the entire soundtracks from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies are epic and amazing. Completely instrumental except for the credits-songs, but they are very good and the lyrics are good.

    When writing I can hardly stand listening to songs with lyrics because either I just HAVE to sing along, or its far too chaotic for my mind while I’m working on a story. Either way its distracting. But for blog posts I like to listen to something hip-hoppy with lyrics. 🙂

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Oooh, thank you SO much, Kendra! Those sound awesome!

      Same, I love listening to hip-hoppy music with lyrics while writing blog posts, too!

      • Kendra Lynne December 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        No problem! I love recommending music to people. 🙂

  16. blackiesunshine December 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Three words.
    Adam.
    Young.
    Scores.
    I listen to a track of this at least once a day. Adam Young, aka Owl City, is a devout follower of Jesus (he has said that religion is the only thing more important to him than music). He felt that the show business was getting to him and wrote soundtracks for history for a year.
    And the other best part?
    THEY’RE FREE.
    LIKE, COMPLETELY FREE.
    It sounds too good to be true but here is the link. Happy listening – I suggest R.M.S. Titanic and Shackleton’s Journey.
    http://www.ayoungscores.com/
    You can listen to them even right there on the site.
    Your book sounds EPICCCC and I want to read it. BADLY
    Tess

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      OOOH, I’ve heard of those!! I’ll definitely check them out. Thank you SOO much, Tess!! <3

  17. Mya December 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I HAVE REALLY GOOD WRITING MUSIC BUT ITS ALL ON YOUTUBE BUT I HAVE 19 HOURS OF IT… 😨😥

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Awwwww darn it :/ Thanks anyway, Mya! <3

  18. Chloë December 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Aaaahhh, yay, Madi!!

    Alright, I’m going to raid my music…..

    The Lord of the Rings soundtrack, the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, and the Hobbit soundtrack. Not sure if the composers of those soundtracks are Christian, but the songs are mostly just instrumental and the LotR and Hobbit songs with lyrics are absolutely beautiful.
    I’d recommend Thrice Welcome, Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire), and Jack Sparrow for the songs without lyrics, and then May It Be and Into the West for the ones with lyrics.

    Okay, I think that’s all I can think of…. for now. XD

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      OOOH, thank you so so so much, Chloe!! Those all sound absolutely awesome! Thank you so much!! XD

      • Chloë December 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Haha, you’re welcome!

  19. Rose December 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Wow, it sounds like your novel is going to be great. I agree with the other people: Star Wars is great writing music. I also suggest the Lion King soundtrack.
    -Rose

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks so much, Rose! Ooh, Lion King soundtrack… I’ll definitely have to check it out. Thank you so much again!

  20. AAG December 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    How about My God is Awesome by Charles Jenkins? The beginning is slow, but the ending part is EPIC.

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      OOH, that sounds awesome! I’ll definitley check it out. >:)

  21. Rose December 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Lindsey Stirling has some pretty intense songs also the Inception soundtrack from the movie is SUPER intense and epic. Hope your writing is going well. 😉
    -Rose <3

    • Madi December 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      OOH, Lindsey Stirling! Haven’t thought of her yet. *facepalm* Thank you sooo much, Rose! <3

  22. Lexie December 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I love the Ninjago soundtrack. It sounds pretty epic. (To me)
    I know the season one soundtrack is on itunes, and that’s what I’d recommend, but I think you can also get some of the later seasons also.
    Hope that helps!
    -Lexie

    • Madi December 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Lexie! I was able to check out the soundtrack — it was so fun to reminisce on all the episodes I watched. XD

  23. silverfoxstudios December 19, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Jesus, joy of Man’s desiring from Amy Grant.
    And we have jam in the back of the fridge that’s 2 and half years of old. I think my family forgot that it was there or something. Have fun writing your story! Sounds super good!

    • Madi December 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Ooh, sounds awesome! I’ll check it out.

      HA HA HA. XD Be sure not to accidentally eat it and get sick. XD

      Thank you so much!!

      • silverfoxstudios December 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Fun random snippet, my main character is called Erin! And I stole your main character’s name to be Erin’s friend.

        • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

          Ooh, I love that name! And LOL! XD 😉

          • silverfoxstudios January 2, 2018 at 11:35 pm - Reply

            I have 2 new songs for you to add to the list. The list labeled, Songs I have to listen to and maybe download if I like them.
            You should check out Foxhunter from Celtic Women.
            And my personal favorite, my novel theme song: Warrior by Hannah Kerr

            • Madi January 3, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

              OOOH, thank you! Those sound awesome!

  24. bennettv December 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I have nothing to offer you musically. My life! Dies. 🙂 LOL! I honestly am the complete opposite. I need utter silence when I’m writing otherwise I get totally distracted. Lyrics totally distract me too. So do nine year olds, and nine year old’s noisy friends running around in my house which is most of the time. Luckily I can write full time while she’s at school. Anyway, this was pretty much as unhelpful as it gets. To the gallows with me. 🙂 Happy Writing!

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

    • Madi December 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      LOL! No problem! Oh dear, that does indeed sound distracting. That’s good you get a break while she’s at school though! Haha, thank you so much, Ginnie!

  25. Daisy January 2, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I always say this, but Skillet has some great stuff.

    • Madi January 3, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

      You know, of all the artists and albums I sampled through, Skillet never crossed my mind. *facepalm* Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to check them out.

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