What’s your writing playlist?

shutterstock_121057780I love playing music while I’m intensively writing. Years ago when I wrote a Christmas movie, I blared Christmas carols for four months straight. To this day when I hear certain Christmas songs I start having the itch to grab a pen.

But when I was writing Into the Dark, I received a different kind of inspiration from one song on my playlist, Viva la Vida by Coldplay. The song is about someone who falls from power, and the mood of the song subconsciously became associated with one of the characters I was writing. Suddenly his personality was just like the song, bittersweet and self-reflective. I didn’t completely understand what I was doing until I was listening to the song in the car one day and imagining key scenes from the character’s life in association with different verses.

Realizing how affected I am by what I’m listening to, I make very specific, tailored playlists based on which scenes I’m writing. Sometimes I have to make purely instrumental playlists so the lyrics don’t distract me.

What’s your writing playlist?

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About conjurors

I am a YA fantasy author who started this blog to share the unusual places I find inspiration for my writing, and to discuss with other artists how they find their muses. My first book of The Conjurors series, Into the Dark, is now available on Amazon.
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2 Responses to What’s your writing playlist?

  1. Actually, I turn off the music to write. Can’t concentrate fully with the music on. I do turn it on when I am putting in revisions, though.

  2. Kathy says:

    World music with no lyrics. Because I write non-fiction and come to the blank screen with a preconceived notion of what I need to say, I have a hard enough time finding the words in my head to express that thought without competing with the powerful poetry that flows through any music popular enough for me to be hearing it!

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