I listen to a lot of different things when I write, it really depends on what I'm working on, the mood of the scene, and the character.
I've always swapped out Pandora for Spotify, and listening to music in the apartment has gotten 250% better. My gym playlist is also called Five Mile Truffle Shuffle and I'm giving all of you who get that reference a billion thumbs up. For those who don't, The Goonies is an excellent movie, and I highly recommend it.
Anyway, you're here for the music. So let's get to that.
I spend a lot of time alone, whether it's at the apartment or in the car driving. As a result, I listen to a lot of music, both on the radio and on my own playlists. I also listen to music when I write.
I recently finished a very long (very difficult, most difficult writing thing I've done since I finished my first novel years ago) rewrite shortly after Christmas, and thought I'd share some of the songs I listened to while I was knee-deep in edits and implementing new plot points.
Writers can be a little odd. We have quirks, habits, and routines that might raise a few eyebrows, but the idea usually comes back around to whatever works for that writer, works for that writer.
If I'm going to have a marathon writing day, there's usually a few things I need. A good cup of coffee is the first, followed by a place to work (either in the apartment or somewhere I feel I can get work done with minimal distractions). The last and certainly not least thing on the list? Music. Sometimes the music is there to be a personal soundtrack for a specific character. Other times it's to help set either the tone of the scene or set the scene itself. While I might use a variety of songs, there's always core set of two or three that I come back to, especially when it gets difficult to get the words out.
Here's a few of my go-to YouTube selections from when I first drafted LADY OF SHERWOOD.
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