I apologize (again!) if this post is late, but I’ve been keeping super busy working on a lot of fun stuff for you guys (and with final papers!), so let’s get right into it!
You guys know just how much I absolutely love finding new ways to inspire my latest work-in-progress. From people watching to surfing Netflix for dialogue inspiration, there are a hundred different routes you can take to find new ideas. However, one of my favorite ways is something that you can also do while you’re writing itself… listening! Today, I’m sharing with you guys my favorite sounds and music styles to listen to when I’m working on my manuscripts, as well as a few website links for where to listen! Now, let’s get this party started!
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When I’m looking for music to listen to while I’m writing, acoustic covers are my first method of attack. Especially when I can find music that fits the style or tone of the scene I’m writing, the sounds of some of my favorite music being played in a different way is just enough background noise to keep me focused on my words. There’s a lot of good playlists on Spotify and 8tracks for this, and you can even search by emotion!
When I need to focus a little more and can’t have any lyrics getting mixed in with my writing, I rely on instrumental covers and versions of my favorite songs, usually slow indie music. That way, I still get the music and sounds that I need to spark inspiration for the scene, but I don’t get hung up singing along on lyrics, especially if they’re songs I already know.
If you go on Youtube or 8tracks and start searching for movie soundtracks and playlists, you will find a GOLDMINE of incredible sounds to listen to while you’re writing! You can find soundtracks to go specifically with the kind of scene you’re writing, like a drama or adventure with Lord of the Rings, a horror/thriller with The Walking Dead (tv show, but still), or historical with Sherlock Holmes.
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I haven’t found this one too helpful, just because I have a big problem with sound and sensory overload, but there’s lots of writers who swear by using classical music. Of course, you can find pretty much any classical music playlist on Youtube or 8tracks, it’s just a matter of finding the right one to fit the tone of the scene you’re writing to.
MUSIC I ALREADY HAVE MEMORIZED
This is kind of a last-ditch effort for me, seeing as much of the time, I get lost in the lyrics and lose focus on my writing, but listening to my indie music that I already have memorized sometimes is the perfect atmosphere for finishing a scene. When you’re writing something that is heavily inspired by music (say, a story about musicians like Once), writing to actual music would be great for you. Just make sure that you don’t accidentally start typing out the lyrics on your document instead of the story.
As a frequent coffee-shop-goer, I’ve found a lot of joy in this wonderful little app. Noisli allows you to create your own “mix” of sounds, including rain, water, low conversation, wind, and even a variety of “white noise” to simply mask everything else around you and really get you in the zone. If you like being around a place with a gentle din, but can’t make your way to a cafe, you’ll definitely want to check out this free app.