Music to write to and for inspiration

A lot of authors on YouTube in some of the recent videos I’ve watched have been talking about using music as inspiration for writing. I love music and have something playing nearly all day every day and I’ve gotten some ideas for stories from songs, so I think what they’re saying is so spot on.

One of the things they talk about is to have a playlist for writing, meaning that they listen to a certain playlist of songs that inspire them for that particular story. They’ll have a separate playlist for each book they’ve written and it really inspires them to get into writing with some enthusiasm.

I haven’t tried this myself and I’m not sure how I’d go with it. My problem is that I always sing along with songs and I can’t write because my mind is focusing too much on the tune and the lyrics. Having said that, when I write, I do have the radio on, but it has to be turned down low and used as background noise. Sometimes I’ll sing along if a really good song comes on, but most of the time, I can concentrate on writing.

What I want to try is to make up a playlist and play it right before I start writing. I think that would work for me. Now all I have to do is find some songs that inspire me and that tie in with the mood and atmosphere of the story I’m writing. I think this will be the hardest step, but I still plan to try it.

What about you guys? Do you have a playlist or something that you do that inspires you to write? Put something about it in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


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