Two things that pumped me up while writing my first Western novel

When I was writing Little Man, and the Dixon County War, two things motivated me when I didn’t feel like writing or I hit a hurdle I couldn’t find a way around.

First, I loved to rock out to the band Disciple. Disciple is one of my favorite bands and the album Southern Hospitality is one I played nearly every day that I worked on my novel.

Sometimes, I wouldn’t feel like writing. Or, the sheer work of completely a novel seemed too overwhelming. And almost always on these days, I’d pop in the Southern Hospitality CD of Dicsiple’s and in just a couple of minutes, these songs would pump me up and have me wanting Paul Zachary to go out and shoot some folks. Trust me, just listen to their samples at this link. This album rocked. (As does most of their stuff. Check them out if you’ve never heard of them.)

Second, I would watch the video below. It’s based on the movie 3:10 to Yuma, one of my favorites. And I’d watch this video and listen to its music and BAM, I was ready to tear the page up. To put as much action and excitement in the book as possible.

Watch this video and see if it doesn’t pump you up.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

6 thoughts on “Two things that pumped me up while writing my first Western novel

  1. I think music and writing go hand-in-hand. Two different types of art/craft that evoke feeling from the person soaking it up. I find myself thinking of music based on whatever I’m reading and also scenes based on whatever I’m listening to.

    And that trailer really makes me want to see 3:10 to Yuma.


    1. Dude. 3:10 to Yuma is one of the best Westerns ever filmed, IMO. You have to rent it sometime, Phillip, and I know you’re not huge on Westerns, but this has a couple huge twists to it that in some ways make it more like a mystery/thriller instead of just a Western.

      Don’t read any reviews or comments about it, though, because if you find out the twist before seeing it, it’ll have little impact and hurt the movie big time.


      1. I’ll definitely pick it up. And I enjoy Westerns! Love all of the classic Eastwood stuff (A Fistful of Dollars is one of my favorites), Once Upon a Time in the West, Lonesome Dove, and of course Unforgiven,


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