Do you listen to music while you write? Back when I had internet, I used Pandora’s algorithm to help me find new music, which I would then add to my “Writing” playlist on Spotify. I found some pretty epic music that way.
These days I have to be content with a more limited collection of what I already own or enjoy enough to buy. It’s funny though; these are songs that I would never listen to in any other situation besides writing. They’re too weird to exercise to or play in the house, but I find that these sorts of meandering instrumental sounds, and especially movie soundtracks, are good for letting your mind relax and make narratives. Foremost, there can’t be too much singing. I can’t listen to words and write at the same time. It’s too distracting.
Here are a few albums I’d recommend (in no particular order), especially if you are writing science fiction or fantasy. These make great backing tracks to the far off places in your head.
Some of these images are links to the original album, some are to the artist. In terms of good movie soundtracks, I will generally recommend anything by Vangelis, Howard Shore, John Williams, Joe Hisaishi, Nobuo Uematsu (video game soundtracks), and Hans Zimmer.
At some point I may share my actual writing playlist, but I think my original one on Spotify is out-of-date with what I'm currently listening to. Here's my best abbreviated approximation:
Do you listen to music while you write? What are your favorite tracks?
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