Ways to integrate music into your routine (outside of your writing space):
- Listen in the car. Driving has been a fantastic way for me to connect with music and identify the emotions I want to convey in my writing, even if I can't jot my notes down immediately. Sometimes it's nice to just soak in the moment and let your creative energy flow.
- Listen before bed. Sometimes I find that when I listen to music before bed, I am able to wake up not only refreshed, but bursting with inspiration to write first thing in the morning.
- Take a walk and pop in some headphones ahead of a writing session. Nature is another huge source of inspiration for my writing, so together these two make a strong power couple. If I plan ahead, a short walk with some music can get me in the head space to create.
Below you'll find my favorite writing songs divided into two categories.
Moody Music to Inspire Your WritingFor me personally, writing music needs to be soft and slow. The moodier the better. The best topics fall somewhere between heartbreak and self-discovery. The artist should practically feel pain singing the lyrics. In truth, my family members often joke that my favorite music should be part of an album titled Killing Me Slowly. But it's the moodiest songs that inspire my best ideas, so for that reason I can't apologize for making every one of them fall asleep in the car as I DJ our family road trip.
You'll also notice several French songs included in this list. If you're one of the many writers who struggle to write with music, you may consider giving songs in other languages a try. This is something I stumbled across by happy accident and discovered that they work almost the same as songs without lyrics at all. Because the lyrics are outside of your primary language, your attention isn't automatically pulled away from your writing.