Okay, we’re launching headfirst into week three, and you need to be able to drown out the world and just write, no distractions, nothing. If you’re like me, you can’t listen to music with lyrics while you’re writing. (If you can, good for you — I’m super jealous!) But a good writing playlist doesn’t just drown out distractions; it inspires your writing, pumps you up, and drives your wordcount! Here are the best noveling Spotify (it’s free!) playlists I’ve found (and created…) I hope they help you get caught up if you’re behind, and get ahead if you’re on schedule!
Okay, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I kind of made an amazing playlist yesterday while I was avoiding writing. It’s almost 1,000 tracks, and will last you 52 hours of writing without repeating once. It varies from exciting battle scene music to tender moment between characters music and draws from a bunch of awesome fantasy soundtracks (and a few non-fantasy soundtracks). Listen here.
I recommend listening to it either on shuffle, or sorted by track, so you don’t get big chunks of single movie soundtracks.
This is the playlist I found at first that inspired my fantasy playlist. I wanted to use this one, but some of it is just so darned sci-fi-y that it was distracting while I was writing about magic and forests and stuff. Michael G.W. Thomas made this one, and he did a darned good job. Listen here.
This one has 647 tracks and plays for more than 30 hours. This one should also be listened to on shuffle or by track title, to mix things up!
for classical fans
I find that classical music often makes me sleepy while I’m writing, but for some people, it really gets the brain juices pumping and inspires some awesome prose. Rather than a playlist for this one, I want to give you something better: there’s a Spotify app called Classify that is basically the essential classical music companion app.
You can sort by mood, by instrument type (I like strings, personally), by era, composer, theme…and there are playlists recommended by the app.
for electronic fans
Some people like to write to electronic music — I find that it is particularly helpful to me when I’m trying to power through a section I don’t want to write. (Maybe it makes me feel like a writing robot. Don’t judge.) I personally like this one, even though it’s only about 9 hours worth of music, so depending on your writing habits, it might get redundant. Listen here.
for people who can’t write with music
Sometimes I’m one of these people. Sometimes even instrumentals are distracting to me, or I don’t want to listen to music, but I still need white noise. Again, this isn’t a playlist, but it’s the best thing ever, so I hope that makes up for it: Rainy Mood.
This website plays wonderful, even rain sounds with occasional low thunder and sometimes even distant traffic sounds. It’s ridiculously relaxing and will drown out basically anything. The best part: you can play music alongside it if you want, to give it a comfortingly rainy feel.
What music do you write to? Do you write to music at all? Share your favorite noveling playlists in the comments! And don’t forget to add me as a writing buddy!