In twenty minutes, everyone will remember you when you’re gone.
And your heart is a stone buried underneath your pretty clothes.
Don’t you know people write songs about girls like you?
What will you do when something stops you?
What will you say to the world?
What will you be when it all comes crashing down on you, little girl?
What would you do if you lost your beauty?
How would you deal with the light?
How would you feel if nobody chased you?
What if it happened tonight?
—The Naked and Famous
There is music that makes you feel. There is music that makes you move.
This music… made me THINK ~ “I want to write about that girl.”
That girl who is too perfect. That girl who makes everyone turn their heads when she walks into a room. That girl who is exactly who she needs to be to make everyone notice her.
Until they don’t.
Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous stirred something inside of me. It tempted me to explore the other side of perfection… of expectation. Leaving me with the truth.
Except she can’t recognize her own truth because she’s so drawn into the delusion of who others need her to be. Who actually sees her?
I needed to tell HER story through HIS eyes.
What if she’s…
Who does she become?
This story has challenged me since conception. Not only because I want to write a story that has a deeper message than what’s on the surface, but because HE has to be the one to tell it.
Writing from a male perspective, and trying to make it sound authentic, is much more challenging than I ever anticipated. Because I’m in HER head… knowing why she is who she is. But that’s not helping him discover her. Unravel her. Reveal her.
So now, I must step back… and be a guy. Think, feel, perceive as a male. Let her unveil herself at the pace she needs to.
In order to connect with this story, to make is as powerful as I intend, I have to find the quiet so I can listen to his voice in my head.
I believe the glory of writing is letting something in that was never there before… allowing it to find me in its own way. This story is exposing more of itself to me every day. And each day, I am more inspired to tell it.
I hope you too will be enveloped by Cal’s voice as he unveils Nyelle before your eyes. It’s a story that questions everything…
Just to think ~ it all started with a song.
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