writing music

Like most writers, I enjoy listening to music while I write.  But you gotta have music that fits your writing mood!  I often also prefer music without lyrics – pop music makes me want to sing and dance so it really doesn’t help me when I write.  This Nanowrimo I already have a few go-to artists and albums.

  • Ludovico Einaudi – I heard one of his songs on an 8tracks playlist, and became an instant fan.  (The song was “Primavera” and it’s on my Scavengers playlist).  I’ve downloaded his albums Elements and Divenire and they are both lovely.  I’ve used them for my teen yoga classes as well.
  • Nox Arcana – Great music if you write horror or otherwise “dark” fiction.  They have a ton of albums, all with different themes.  Need a soundtrack for writing a haunted house story?  Try Darklore Manor or House of Nightmares.  How about a historical vampire tale? Try Winter’s Knight or Transylvania.  Creepy circus story?  The Theatre of Illusion or Carnival of Souls.  This does sound like soundtrack music and there are occasional (distracting) vocals, but definitely good mood music.
  • Zoe Keating – At one point I downloaded all the music from Maggie Steifvater’s writing playlists, and this cello artist was one of my favorites from all that music (there was a lot).  It’s all instrumental and because the cello is a low instrument, it isn’t distracting.

I have a few of my writing soundtracks posted over on 8tracks for your listening pleasure!  Hopefully I’ll put up my “Misty Mix” before month’s end.

What music do you like to listen to when you write?

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