Writing Playlist Inspiration

There are a ton of different writing playlists out there, from essay playlists to songs perfect for writing poems. I think it’s super cool when authors create soundtracks for the books they’ve written and share them with their fans. It’s the perfect collection of emotions and sounds to accompany the story.

Even though I think they’re a really cool idea, I’ve never really considered creating a playlist for myself. My writing habits are traditionally very erratic, and creating a playlist that captures those moods didn’t really seem feasible. Typically I just throw on one of my favourite movie soundtracks as background noise and write to that – it’s quick and easy, and generally isn’t distracting while I’m working.

Yet as I’ve been trying to focus more on my writing and making better habits, I’ve realized that I continuously gravitate to a certain set of songs while I’m writing – somehow, without even noticing, I have created a writing playlist for myself. Over the past week I’ve been eagerly writing down song names I love as I’m writing, and I’ve now created a playlist that I’m totally in love with, and that makes me so excited to sit down and write. In the space of one week I have gone from liking the idea of something to being totally in love and inspired by this list.

And because I’m still really excited, I wanted to share a couple of songs with you! These are two of my favourite songs to listen to when I get into the writing mood. They just inspire me so much and after listening to them I’m always super pumped up and ready to write!

This is Berk | How to Train Your Dragon

This is the intro song from the soundtrack, and it is easily the song I play the most in my life. I crank up the volume before pressing play and those opening notes just get me every time. I don’t know how many times I’ve restarted this song just to listen to those few notes over and over. But I love the whole song and it really puts me in that adventure mindset I need for my stories.

Composer: John Powell
Video: samajula


King of Pride Rock | The Lion King

This is another song that immediately comes to mind when I’m getting into that writing mood. This one’s a bit long, but I love this song because it goes through such dark, intense tones, and sounds almost eerie at moments too. Any time I need to visit a dark or sad scene this song can start me off in the right place. Plus I absolutely love the peak of the song (around the 4:20 mark) and I could listen to this song over and over just for that moment.

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Video: Kingsimb357


Creating a writing playlist has been a very rewarding experience. It ended up being a lot of fun and now I’m very happy when I sit down to write. Have you listened to any authors book soundtracks, or created a writing playlist for yourself? Let me know in the comments! :)

3 comments on “Writing Playlist Inspiration

  1. lizziebdarcy says:

    I actually just wrote a post about this same topic! I need to have background
    noise when I write and when looking for inspiration I generally hit shuffle and see what comes to me. I have had some really great scenes down because of it :D and since I run a sort of character blog, each literature or TV character has their own music

  2. I love checking out writer’s playlists! And author Pierce Brown also gave each of his characters their own song to help him get in their heads when he was writing scenes they were in :)

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