There are two groups of thought when it comes to writing and music. Some find music to be distracting and prefer quiet. I have to agree that sometimes silence is golden. There are times when the only sound I want to hear is the drum beat of my fingers on the keyboard. Usually, though, music is my best friend. It helps to create a writing mood and open the creative unconscious.
Many people find orchestrated film music to be helpful when they write. The music is composed to heighten the emotions, plus it doesn’t have any lyrics that might take you out of the writing zone.
Try various types of music and see how you feel. Different genres might have different effects. The harmonies of Loreena McKennitt or Azam Ali always seem to get my writing juices flowing. Plus, it keeps background noises from bothering me so I can focus. Love songs help me with romance, and heavier music like Metal is great when I'm writing a fight scene.
Why not create a playlist of music that fits the mood of the story or scene you're working on? Story soundtracks can be very helpful in getting you in the right state of mind. The music can inspire and ignite new ideas for your work in progress. I have even created CDs of some of my story soundtracks to listen to in the car.
Create a Free Writing Playlist on YouTube:
Create an account and log into Youtube.
Pick out a favorite song.
Click on “Add to” then “Enter a new playlist name.”
You will need to make a name for your playlist.
The next time you click “Add to” on a song your playlist will show up.
When you are done with your list go to your profile.
Click on "Playlists", find the playlist you created and click "Play All."
Make a playlist as a soundtrack for your story
Make a playlist for a scene in your story
Make a playlist for a specific character
Make a playlist for a specific mood you want to create
Make a playlist for free writing
Here is a part of a playlist I created for my current story.
Azam Ali – Endless Reverie
Runaway - Beats Antique
Sheila Chandra: One
Moksha – Vas
Sapari – Orphand Land
What music do you listen to while you write? Feel free to share your Writing Playlist.