I thought, today, I would share with you the music playlists that I listen to when I am writing. Unlike some of the people that I know, I need background noise in order to properly concentrate on set tasks. I suffer from Tinnitus, and silence is actually ‘louder’ and more disruptive for me than quiet noise. Music as a backdrop to my writing is the perfect set up for me, and even works to help motivate me generally.
I have a couple of different playlists that I tend to flit between, depending on mood and what I am writing, but these are my main go-to lists when I am working on my novel. I find that the sounds, tones, atmospheres generated by each of the songs inspire particular images and feelings – and I like to channel that into my work. Each of the songs I have selected connect to a tone, character, setting, or scene in my novel, and help me to drive the narrative forward. Regardless of any original context or meaning, I listen purely to the sounds and the energy that each piece of music generates.
This first list is mostly classical pieces, and I usually listen to playlists on shuffle and repeat. The track at the end is quite long (almost two and a half hours!), so I don’t always play the full list all the way through. I think Bach’s Cello Suites are beautiful. To scroll through the list, click on the icon (three little lines) in the top left corner.
My second list is a little more mixed – there’s a few different styles and genres, but I find that each of these songs are really nice to listen to in the background while I am writing.
Do you listen to music when you write? What do you listen to? Do you like the music I have chosen? Let me know in the comments!