Adventures of a New Writer

5. Cue the Music

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers



Big Data

Big Data

Hudson Thames

Hudson Thames

The 1975

The 1975

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Usually, it’s hard for me to write and listen to music, especially music with lyrics. I get so distracted by the words and the memories or ideas they bring to mind, that it’s easier for me to listen to nature sounds. As I was writing, I began realizing that songs helped me connect to the emotions I wanted the characters to feel, and I found it more inspiring to write with those feelings. I just needed to figure out how to tune out the words. The best way for me to do this is to listen to the same song on repeat until it becomes background music. I think I get used to the same rhythm of the song, the way the nature recordings have a loop. There are moments when I wonder if I’m crazy listening to the same song for at least an hour, but it seems to work!

Now whenever I hear these songs, they immediately trigger my book; it’s a strange feeling:

Earned It – The Weeknd

Down – Marian Hill

Change Your Life – Iggy Azalea

Starboy (Feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd

All of the Lights – Kanye West

L.A.LOVE (la la)  – Fergie

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Mine (feat. Drake) – BeyoncĂ©

Starving (feat Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld

Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya

This Is Me – Keala Settle

The Walker – Fitz & The Tantrums

Style – Taylor Swift

Closer (feat Halsey) – The Chainsmokers

Dangerous (feat. Joywave) – Big Data

Drive it Like you Stole It – Hudson Thames

The Sound – The 1975

Girls Talk Boys – 5 Seconds of Summer

Gold – Kiiara

Work (feat Drake) – Rihanna

You can also check out my playlist on Spotify here: Writing Playlist – Sophie’s Story 

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