Writing Tips

Staying Inspired

Good evening Bookworms!

I thought I would pop in to talk about something very important, staying inspired. More specifically, I want to talk about staying inspired while writing.

As well as writing about books, I am really excited to extend the blog to writing topics too! Writing is one of my favorite things to do, but even I find it hard to stay in the zone and write for a long period of time. One thing helps to keep me inspired and focused above all others, music. Having the right playlist is essential to staying on top of that word count.

Some well known authors will publish their own writing mixes on Spotify or Apple Music. I always enjoy scrolling through these lists of songs. Seeing what other people listen to while writing is something I find very intriguing! A few authors are even lyricists and musicians as well.

One of my favorite authors, Tommy Wallach, writes music and novels. He has his own album out that goes along with his first book, We All Looked Up. I own both of Wallach’s books and listen to his album on a regular basis. The Brooklyn based writer definitely provides some inspiration for this post, so follow him on twitter!

I will create playlists for specific writing projects that I am working on. A few years ago, I created a playlist to celebrate the completion of a novel I had been working on. Currently, I have a playlist that, loosely, follows the plot of one of my novels. Links to both are included for Spotify.

I choose to do my music streaming on Spotify, so most of these examples come from them. One playlist, Writers Block by Josef Salvat, lasts for almost twelve hours. These songs are perfect for background noise. I have heard of very few of them, and don’t know any of the words by heart. Often that is very important for me; because, if I am listening to my favorite songs while I am writing, I might find myself singing along more than writing. This brings me to the importance of wordless music! If the song doesn’t have any words, I can’t be tempted to sing instead of write. Some pre-made playlists of classical, jazz, or contemporary soundscapes come in handy for those times when you just need something to hear while you write.

Here’s my current writing mix, enjoy your night’s Bookworms.

 

  1. Piano Man by Billy Joel
  2. Canon in D
  3. Lost Boy by Ruth B
  4. Beneath Your Beautiful by Savannah Outen & Drew Seeley
  5. Sweater Weather by Savannah Outen
  6. Call Me in the Afternoon by Half Moon Run
  7. Cool Kids/ Rip Tide by Less is More
  8. Candlelight by Relient K
  9. (If You Want It) by Relient K
  10. Over it by Relient K
  11. Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been by Relient K
  12. Other Side of the Boundary by Springtime Carnivore
  13. Sunny Road by Emiliana Torrini
  14. Gold Rush by Ed Sheeran
  15. This by Ed Sheeran
  16. Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran
  17. Shirtsleeves by Ed Sheeran
  18. One by Ed Sheeran
  19. Marry Me by Train
  20. Uma Thurman by Piano Dreamers
  21. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
  22. Like I’m gonna Lose you by Meghan Trainor
  23. My Heart with You by The Rescues
  24. Cheerleader by OMI
  25. Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
  26. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth
  27. Stuck with Me by Timeflies
  28. Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
  29. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg
  30. How You Get the Girl by Ryan Adams
  31. This Town by Niall Horan

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