Musical Motivation: Playlists

Last week I asked if you wanted any other sizes for the “Write Now” posters. Here’s the template for 960×640 resolutions (iPhone). Right click the button below and “save as.” Remember, it’s all white, so it might look invisible if you click the button. Place over the image of your choice.

Here’s an image I created using the template above, as well as a black version. Download either for your phone home screen as a constant reminder.

Back to regular programming

I hope you’ve thought about what kind of music you listen to whilst writing, for now is the time to share! Here’s how you’ll do it:

What’s your playlist? The playlist you listen to while writing, or any list of songs that get you to write. Describe the mood of the playlist

What’s your genre? The genre you write most frequently, or the genre you are currently writing under. If you write straight up fiction, include the mood. How serious or goofy is your work?

What’s your theme song? This is the theme song for your WIP. It’s the song that would be in the trailer head up the soundtrack of the film version.

Leave a comment with your answers. You can add links if you’d like. I monitor my comments, so I’ll do my part to exterminate any spam.

Pssst…If you’re a writer blogger person, feel free to ask your readers the same questions on your blog, but please link back to this post so that my readers can read your post, too! Everybody gets more playlists that way 🙂

Answers de Lara

Mix: If my love life were made into a movie, Love Music would be the soundtrack. It’s a musical bildungsroman, covering little girl romance to married life. Most of the songs are by indie artists, so there’s a bit of whimsy or fantasy to them.

Genre: My current WIP is a time-traveling historical fantasy. I like to refer to it as “mainstream fantasy” because it’s historical fiction with elements of fantasy and science fiction. Like the playlist above, it’s fun and whimsical. The second book in the series has some more action and sci-fi elements to it. I’ll probably listen to the TRON soundtrack while writing that one.

Theme song: The theme song for my current work would be the oldie-but-goodie “Starlight” by Muse. Video is below, with a low picture quality, unfortunately. [Rated G]*

Want to know the videos I used in today’s image? Here you go. I can’t stop listening to these songs.

“We Are Young” by Fun. [PG—V]*

“Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey [PG-13—S,V]*

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye [PG—N]*

*Note: As a courtesy for my readers, sometimes I’ll include “ratings” for external links. This includes an age rating [G, PG, PG-13, R] and codes for profane language [L], violence [V], nudity [N], or sexual themes [S]. You don’t need to rate any links in your comments, but please let us know if any music or videos you link to are NFSW (not safe for work).

Write now.

12 thoughts on “Musical Motivation: Playlists

  1. Flip says:

    I like softer music while writing…which typically means instrumental soundtracks. Depending on my mood, I may listen to bands like Gungor or Leeland as long as I don’t get too distracted by the lyrics. I guess I would probably be okay with harder music too, if it was strictly instrumental.

  2. Heidi says:

    I can’t write while listening to songs with words; I get too distracted. So movie soundtracks (Lord of the Rings or Titanic) and Celtic music (usually fiddle) are the ticket! But it has to be music that I’ve heard several times before, otherwise I just listen to all the musical nuances and can’t get anywhere with my writing.

  3. Ink Smith says:

    Ooooo, playlists. That’s tricky. It really does depend on my mood, or the mood I want to convey in a scene (but it doesn’t necessarily fit into a specific genre). Right now, I tend to listen to a lot of John Williams or Danny Elfman when doing groundwork for this pseudo-Victorian fantasy (it’s not really set in Victorian England or America) novel I want to publish. That’s not to say I don’t listen to songs.

    Yeah, I’m pushing for a kinda weird genre here. It’s almost steampunk, but it’s not really that. It’s hard to explain without spoiling. I DO think it’s fun, though.

    As for the theme song of my WIP? That’s tricky. I haven’t found a really good one (though I think Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here is a GREAT song for the hero at the beginning of the book).

    • Lara says:

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂 My husband likes steampunk stuff. There’s a really crazy short film about dirigibles that is super interesting. I’ll try to remember the name or find the link.

      • Ink Smith says:

        That’ll be awesome! I’m the first to admit that I’m fairly new to the Steampunk thing (I still haven’t gotten all the nuances right just yet), but the pretty is enough to keep me going.

        And yes, I totally admit to liking it mostly for the aesthetic value. XD

      • Lara says:

        I found it. It’s called “The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello” and it is probably the weirdest film that I actually find interesting AND like.
        It’s 26 minutes long.

  4. Hillary Raymer says:

    I prefer instrumentals. I actually frequently listen to my Pride and Prejudice soundtrack station on Pandora. But it all goes off of the scenes I’m trying to write. I should probably create a playlist. If I’m writing the scene where an argument is on the verge of breaking out, or the stakes or really high, I actually listen to the Twilight soundtrack, a lot of the music is pretty intense and the words just flow. 🙂

  5. T. L. Sumner says:

    I love talking about music!! I use different playlists based on the mood I’m trying to write about. I have an overall playlist for my novel that has a wide variety of music including a lot of Engima, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, and Florence & The Machine. I write YA so I need a lot of moody music. LOL

    As for a theme song for my novel – that’s hard, as I tend to have theme songs by scene. But here are two… We Become One by JunkieXL. and All I Need by Radiohead

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