Are you one of those writers that needs some inspiring music to get your writing flow? Or maybe you’re one of those who needs complete silence before the words can be put on the paper. Or maybe you’re like me, a combination of both. I need certain kind of music to turn my brain on and in order to create a story, but when it comes to that moment that I actually will sit down and write, I turn the music on, lock the door and shut myself out of the world.
I’m writing three series at the same time so it’s kind of important to tune myself into the right mood for each series. And that’s when my playlists come handy. At the moment I’m writing the final part for my Immortal Blood Series and it’s really hard to focus on vampires whilst my kids are running wildly around the house and interrupting my thoughts. So whenever I can steal some time for myself I put my earphones on and let the inspiring music fill my mind.
But why create a playlist? Isn’t it easier just to turn the radio on or listen to whatever music you already have? Well, that can work for some people but then there are those who doesn’t get inspired by their favorite music or needs the variety of songs to really turn their creativity on. For example, I love Olly Murs, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Adam Lambert, Birdy, Bruno Mars etc. but I only qualify couple of their songs on my ‘book playlist’. When creating my playlists I’m on the hunt for the perfect atmosphere, that last push that will help me to dive into my own text and make it as good as I can.
A fellow writer once complained how tiring it is to create a playlist. Sure, it can be that, but it’s also quite rewarding. Besides, you only need to do it once and then you can listen to it just as many times as you like. Then again, this is only my opinion and my way of working. Some other writer might survive just as well without the list 🙂
Here’s what’s on my Immortal Blood Series playlist:
Train by 3 Doors Down
Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
Tresspassing by Adam Lambert
My Heart Is Broken by Evanescence
The Pretender by Foo Fighters
Still Alive by Negative
Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
On My Cloud by Olly Murs
I Love It by Icona Pop
Funeral Song by The Rasmus
Stay by Rihanna
I Need You Now by Olly Murs
Skinny Love by Birdy
Another Way To Die by Disturbed
Don’t Stay by Linkin Park
Fear The Fever by Digital Daggers
Molly The Murderer by Sturm und Drang
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by Birdy
The songs on the list are not in any particular order.
If you have a playlist, I’d be happy to hear what inspires you, so please, share!