Sensational Music to Make You Write: Part One

Everyone who sits themselves down to face off with their manuscript, short story, essay, or other, has their own preferred setting. Some are incredibly specific and strict in what they require in order to fill a page with their words, either the time, tools, the place, the silence, or the music. Others may have their preferences but can generally make do with circumstances at hand, whatever they may be. Then of course, there are some that don’t think and just do, sometimes it’s the same, sometimes they deviate from their norm. The point really is that everyone is different. Today though, I speak to those that enjoy or even use music as their inspiration when it comes to their writing.

Personally, when novel writing I do enjoy listening to music. Many times I intend to listen only as inspiration before I start, but there are often times that I my fingers just start flying while the musical spell is still at work. Truly, music is an experience in itself when given the time it deserves. Sometimes I get too into music and I feel like I’m about to combust because my physical body cannot hold everything a certain note or song makes me feel…but anyway, I thought I would share some music that has fueled me while writing or given me inspiration before diving in to my world of words.

2Cellos

If you’re familiar with my blog you can hardly be surprised that 2Cellos are on this list; I got to experience a sensational concert and watch them play live. But here are two particular favorites to write to.

Celloverse

Something about this melody (and the background of the video if you watch it) just invite movement, action, creation. I’ve often found myself swaying along to the music only to realize that my fingers are dancing across the keys.

Hysteria

If you follow me on social media at all, there’s a good chance you’ve seen me share this at least once if not more. The plaintive and hauntingly beautiful notes in this evoking song strike a chord within me that cannot be easily explained. This song often sets my fingers aflame and results in pages of emotionally charged words.

 

Lindsey Stirling

Shadows

I love watching Lindsey Stirling play just because of how much she enjoys it. This song in particular always puts me in mind of a hero or heroine on a harrowing journey, but determinedly on their way with spirit and drive. So, that’s often what I write when looking to this one for inspiration.

 

Irish Party in Third Class and Johnny Ryan’s Polka

This duo of songs will get you up and moving no matter how the day has started. I love writing a fun and merry scene, jovial talk, and dancing feet to this sprightly tune. I happen to also love this type of music and have many characters that hail from such hills and moors these songs call to mind.

 

Apocalyptica

Hall of the Mountain King

No matter how many times I hear this song by Apocalyptica, I get chills and as if I will explode without somehow channeling the energy this song builds within me, into something else. When I write to this song, I think of intense scenes of an epic tale, escape, loss, perhaps even battle or war, but the writing comes fast and I’m always a little breathless when I’ve finished.

The Path

The alternating pattern and charged energy in this song put me in the mind of opposition; the cellos seem to be answering each other as they play against their own shadows, so I enjoy listening to this when there’s controversy or something unexpected may happen.

 

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star from Dead Space

I may not necessarily listen to this while writing, that greatly varies, but one thing I can be sure of, this song inspires eerie imagery and macabre scenes that make your spine tingle and pull your blankets close at night.

 

Pentantonix

White Winter Hymnal

I’ve been a fan of Pentantonix for a while now, I have a hearty appreciation for well-done a cappella, but this song in particular really enchanted me. When I close my eyes and listen, sometimes I focus on the lyrics themselves and others I just float along with the melodic voices and move with the rhythm, feeling the energy and the beauty without the words; from that I see visions of fairytale forest chases and snowy woods, red capes whipping in the breezes with the snapping of trees’ fingers…

In effort not to overwhelm anyone, I’ve decided to split this post into…however it many it takes to share all of the soul tinging music that makes this writing soul surge. These are some long and recent favorites that can really help me with a mood or a scene, or even give me an insight to a character. It truly is amazing what the power of music can do. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

What do you think of these? Do you have a go-to song, band, or type of music when you’re writing?

 

You Might Also Like:
Sensational Music to Make You Write: Part Two
My First Writing Workshop and Pitch: What You Need to Know

 

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6 thoughts on “Sensational Music to Make You Write: Part One

  1. I applaud your taste in music – these artists and numbers do speak powerfully. However, when I am creating, I need silence. My Muse can not compete with the force of the music; I get lost in the sound and my world that I am creating disappears.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! I’m so glad you enjoyed these. I know exactly what you mean which is why sometimes I listen to the music *before* I start writing, like filling up a gas tank before setting off on a trip, haha. Sometimes I don’t make it to the end of the song, but usually it depends on my mood and the scene. Thank you for listening, reading, and commenting!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your music. I tend to write in silence but jump up frequently to put on some epic music to inspire my next scene. So I will be dipping into your list, for some awesomeness, when I get a chance. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed and found some of these as inspiring as I do! There’s so much music to share I’m not sure how many posts I’ll end up making, haha, but I love sharing music and all things beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for reading, listening, and commenting, SK! 🙂

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  3. I love this post! Music is my second love to writing. I think it’s organic. My family has always been into eclectic arrays of musical style. I grew up with a grandmother who sang like Patsy Cline and an aunt who actually made a record and played the Grand ‘Ole Oprey in Nashville. A piano was in my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s home, and a guitar and banjo in my mom’s parent’s home. This is uplifting. Thank you for sharing, and I dig your selections.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that! ^-^ Indeed, music feeds my soul, as do words. I’m incredibly eclectic in general and certainly when it comes to music.

      Oh wow, what memories to have of your family, I bet that was something. I grew up with a piano in my house, dabbled here and there at a couple of instruments too. My mother is pretty good at the saxophone.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Keep an eye out for the next few parts, I have a couple already locked and loaded, haha. Thank you so much for listening and commenting. I love sharing music! ..and books….

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