I know everyone is different when they write and some people like to work in complete silence, whilst others have to have music playing. I personally, cannot write in silence, but if I play familiar songs, I find myself singing along to them and not doing any writing.
I do find a lot of inspiration in music though – I don’t steal people’s lyrics, if that’s what you’re thinking. I simply mean that certain songs evoke emotions that make me want to write certain things.
Below are a few certain scene types in all books and a few songs that I think are great to write to and get you in the mood to create something epic! I’m trying not to be too obvious with this, so no Titanic theme tune here! (The names of the songs also have links to their YouTube videos!)
Romance/ Love Scene:
Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes
Always by Bon Jovi
AND every Adele song ever written…
Battle/ Fight Scene:
Ash and Smoke from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Soundtrack (Actual Battle Scene)
Call the Police by James Morrison (More of an argument song)
Comedy/ Light Hearted Scene:
Little Joanna by McFly
The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
Hi & Low by The Wanted
Close Your Eyes by RHODES
Uplifting Scene OR if you, as a writer, need some motivation:
Wings by Little Mix
I’ll Be Your Strength by The Wanted
I know there are many more generic scenes than this in a book, but I thought I’d pick out a few that are used most often. I’d love to know what you listen to when writing!
December 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm
I often find I write best while listening to music. I do sometimes hum along, even if there are no words. My favorite is to put on “film scores” pandora station and just get a lot of general background tracks- I’ve added a lot of Lindset Stirling, Celtic Women, and Karl Jenkins to my playlist- Adiemus is still one of my favorite songs to write to. You mentioned part of Howard Shore’s soundtrack above- I’ve actually performed both Fellowship and Return of the King in concert as part of massive 200-person choir and full orchestra events, so whenever I hear LOTR I actually know the whole Bass 1 vocal part, in Elvish. 🙂
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