THE MAKING OF Subway Teeth
So much heart, effort, time and money were poured into the making of my published debut poetry book, Subway Teeth, and I can never forget the journey that I’ve been in creating it. The publication was successful, of course, with so many family, friends and readers all over the world continuously supporting me in this career. For that, I can never be grateful enough as I love creating things and breathing life into my writings.
Like so many writers, published or unpublished, the making of any book project is the most remarkable path we can never forget. And I’m just so excited to share the highlights of the making of Subway Teeth with all of you.
Music is a great way for me to get into the writing mood and the atmosphere of whatever book project I’m drafting. For me, it has the ability to speak all the feelings and emotions that I want to be flushed out of my system and out onto the paper.
Some of the artists that mainly inspired me to start writing Subway Teeth were Ben Howard (all time favorite since the beginning of time), Coast Modern, The 1975 and City and Colour.
With all of them combined, I created a playlist that makes drafting Subway Teeth possible and effective.
The Girl – City and Colour
Shiver – Lucy Rose
Cherry Wine – Hozier
Brave Love – Kingsfoil
End of the Affair – Ben Howard
yea, babe, no way – LANY
Someone else – LANY
Depth Over Distance – Ben Howard
Black Flies – Ben Howard
Love it if we made it – The 1975
ILYSB – LANY
Only Love – Ben Howard
There’s Your Man – Ben Howard
13 – LANY
Sex and the City – Hobo Johnson
Hollow Life – Coast Modern
Laughing on the Outside – Bernadette Carroll
We might be dead by tomorrow – Soko
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
There’s also magic in making the ambience of Subway Teeth because this is the head-space I enter into to get the words pouring out of my fingertips. Making mood boards is one of the most effective idea I’ve tried that never failed me, not once, in being consistent to the theme of whatever my book project is at the time.
Pinterest is my go-to social media to create the most outstanding mood boards of all time. There are so many ideas crawling out of my screen as I scroll down with it and pinning them to my boards gives me a better opportunity to be efficient with my time and creativity.
This is the mood board I created for Subway Teeth which has all of the images that precisely describe the voice of the main character, Claire, how she lives, how she acts as a person and how she explains her understanding of love, pain and life in general.
The Making of Subway Teeth
I had fun creating the world of Subway Teeth through all the resources that I have and it still wouldn’t be enough without everyone’s support. For me, everything, from baby steps and little mistakes to successes, I carry my gratitude and continually show it to all of you who never gets tired of helping me reach my dreams.
Speaking of books and all the bookish updates and exclusive reveals, we have two books coming out this month and next month, and the good news is that they’re ridiculously affordable for anyone looking for a quick good read or if you’re still starting out in reading poems.
These books are Subway Teeth Chapbook Edition and Tracing Papers. They are both at a price of $5 so it’s a price of a coffee or two. I will also be releasing the zine edition and postcard set of these books but only exclusively for people who supports me on Patreon, which I will be launching next year in the month of February. You will not find them anywhere in the internet so if you happen to find these editions in scam sites, please report them as soon as possible and we will take immediate action towards it.
If you want to read more into the books, please refer to the Books page where you’ll find the exact launch date, book description, cover art and other stuff.
T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.
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