Wouldn’t it be lovely to get away to the beach or to the countryside to write that next novel in perfect relaxation?
Sure, it would be nice, but how soon will that happen? Life is busy, and some of us are trying to write now.
Enter the Creativity Playlists.
I’ve been thinking about what it takes to be creative in the midst of a hectic life, and one of the quick escapes that I always use is music. Not all music is great for writing, but I’ve put together some of my favorite selections for your enjoyment.
The Moody Writing Playlist
If I’m writing a scene with a lot of angst or action, I’ll generally fall back on the Moody Writing Playlist. Currently, it is mostly comprised of music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from their soundtrack collaborations, but I also threw in the Inception soundtrack for good measure.
When I just need a moment to concentrate, I’ll turn to my Ethereal Playlist. This music is all soothing, and it really helps to drown out a hectic environment. For this list, I turned to Sigur Ros and Max Richter. Enjoy this list when you need a moment to chill out.
And last but not least, the Instrumental Energy list helps me get pumped up without distracting me with loads of lyrics. I threw in a couple of songs by my favorite band Mute Math, as well as selections from Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Herbaliser Band, Orgone, The Chemical Brothers, and Booker T & the MG’s.
What Do You Like?
These are my “go-to” playlists. What kind of music do you like for writing and creating?
A big thanks to the podcasters over at TheDeceptionists.org for their discussion on this topic and for pointing me toward some of the music available above.
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