A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the magic of coffee. Today I want to touch on the second motivational tool that makes my writing world tick. Music.
I know that not every writer listens to music while they write – some prefer silence, some prefer listening to the hum of activity around them, and some can simply write in any situation. I, however, love listening to music while I write. I used to listen to whatever twenty or thirty songs were my favorites at the time. After that I tried listening to classical music. Then I tried instrumental versions of popular songs. And later I tried all kinds of different things. About a year ago I landed on what I think is the perfect writing music for me. Movie scores.
I love listening to movie scores because they almost always are without words, which helps them stay in the background. Movie scores are made with the sole purpose of inspiring people – creating emotions, making you think. And being inspired, in whatever way, helps me write. Movie scores are motivational. Okay, maybe it makes me look like an idiot if I’m sitting in Starbucks with a vacant stare looking like I just saw Superman take flight for the first time, or like I just saw Maximus reunited with his family in Gladiator, but there’s always a tradeoff, right?
The fact that I love movies (the good ones, the ones that inspire you and send a message behind all of that action and adventure), and that listening to movie scores is something I would do just for fun, makes sitting down to write all the more appealing. And tricking ourselves into getting to work and putting actual words on a page instead of daydreaming is as important as anything we do, isn’t it?
Here are just a few random good scores:
An Ideal of Hope – Man of Steel
Soulseeker – Thomas Bergensen
Becoming One of the People – Avatar
Warrior of Light – Game of Thrones
Discombobulate – Sherlock Holmes
Take a listen if you have time. For those of you with Spotify this is easy. My favorite playlist is “Best of Movie Soundtracks” by GuiguiF. It has 977 songs running 68 hours (there won’t be any need to listen to repeats any time soon) and is updated regularly.
What about you? Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind of music? Does it inspire you?