The Sound of Muzak.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Blogger Christine at The Better Novel Project, intends to “use research instead of luck to write a better novel.” Her post, The Top 10 Ways to Write about Music, explores the function of music in best-seller fiction.

It turns out that IrishFirebrands mentions music more than 90times: hymns, church choir, Irish Trad, dance, vocal, instrumental, and even whistling. Oddly enough, I wrote this “bestseller” aspect into my novel entirely by instinct, without planning it – by luck.

Here are Christine’s next five categories, illustrated by more examples of the role of music in IrishFirebrands.



After Lana was seated, several musicians entered from another door and took seats on a bench at the side of the room. One bore a guitar, another a flute, the third a fiddle and the last carried a collection of tubes and straps, a stomach-shaped bag and…

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