Lemme talk about music. Music is a huge inspiration for me, and rarely do I write without something playing in the background. I think I’ve always been this way. Even in school, I studied and did my homework to music. It kept me focused. (I do struggle listening to music I love because it’s too distracting, unless there aren’t lyrics, then it’s okay!)
I used to listen to Pandora, but with the invention of Spotify, I’ve since abandoned the platform. Spotify is great, but boy do those ads suck. (Oh gosh. They’re so repetitive. Of course, there is a premium version of Spotify you can buy for $9.99 for three months, which I think is a pretty good deal. Otherwise, I just turn the volume down on the ads.) I love how Spotify gives you a new “Discover” playlist every week. I will say it’s a bit of a hit or miss; however, I have found a plethora of songs that I love that way, so it is doing something right!
I’ve got an eclectic taste in music, which I blame my dad for. When I was a kid, he’d drive me to school and wouldn’t allow me to change the station (*pout*). But I’m grateful for that because it forced me to listen to songs that weren’t mainstream. I have to admit, mainstream music doesn’t appeal to me anymore, unless it’s a Friday night and I want to dance. It isn’t that all Pop music is bad, but the majority of it isn’t good. There’s no thought in most of them–or it’s the same thought over and over. (I get it, you don’t want anything serious, okay?)
The music I listen to while writing depends on the scene. If I’m writing something morose, then often I’ll search through my Classical playlist. Or I’ll find something slow and moody, usually Alternative. If I’m writing a fight scene, I’ll go to Classical too (you’d be surprised how dramatic it can be, in fact, there’s a sub-genre called “epic,” which you should definitely check out–“Audiomachine” or “Two Steps from Hell” make beautiful music for epic battles) or search for some EDM (electronic dance music).
It’s all about finding whatever suits the mood of the scene. It might take some experimentation, but don’t be afraid to go to genres you’d normally not listen to, you might be surprised at how much writing you can get done with it playing in the background, filtering into your subconscious. Give it a chance; if it doesn’t work, turn it off or switch to a different playlist! No harm done.
What are your favorite songs to listen to while writing? Or, do you have to write in silence? I’d love to hear from you!