My Playlist: What I Listen 2 When Writing

Most writers have a playlist they listen to when writing. Music helps with the writing because music stimulates our feelings, it heightens experiences. If you follow my Song Of The Week posts, you will know I have an interesting taste in music. Do you want to know something? I am proud of it because I hate boring and predictable. Those who know me well, know I am far from that. For the past few days, I have been editing my novella. If you have not read the previous posts about how the novel quickly became a novella, click here to read that.

I never thought I would write one of these posts. Why? Because I always thought they were STOOPIT. My head just couldn’t make sense of the fact readers wanted to know which songs the writers listened to while writing their manuscripts. When writing, there are certain songs I repeatedly listen to… so… I guess that makes it a playlist, doesn’t it?

Which songs are on my playlist? Well, for starters, it is divided into moods.

What do I mean by that? When I need to write emotional scenes, especially ones where the MC is going through heartbreak, I listen to those broken-hearted songs or songs that make me sad.

Which songs are on that list?
1. Where Does My Heart Beat Now by Celine Dion
2. Against All Odds by Phil Collins (Fuck the Mariah Carey versionSERIOUSLY)
3. I Wish It Would Rain Down by Phil Collins
4. Stillness Of Heart by Lenny Kravitz
5. The Power Of Goodbye by Madonna
6. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bon Iver <3
7. Sandcastles by Beyonce
8. Heaven Couldn’t Wait by Beyonce (This song brings tears to my eyes every single time).
9. In The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
10. Alone by Heart
11. No Ordinary Love by Sade (LOVE THIS SONG, sad or not)
12. Promise Me by Beverley Craven
13. There’s No Easy Way by James Ingram
14. Fall Out Of Love by Toto
15. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
16. Manos Al Aire by Nelly Furtado
17. Strani Amori by Laura Pausini
18. No by Shakira
19. Please Don’t Make Me Cry by UB40

Most of these songs would be on m playlist regardless of my mood because they are just that damn good. There are many more, of course, but I will stop at twenty. I love all of these songs! <3 The ones that can make me sad when I need to switch moods to write a scene are Stillness Of Heart, Heaven Couldn’t Wait, Fall Out Of Love, Strani Amori, Manos Al Aire, and No. These songs bring back memories that I can tap into when needed.

My playlist also has angry songs, LOL. The novel I am writing now is about breakups, so I need a lot of anger. Of course, I can channel my past experiences, Lord knows I have enough material. But the past is the past, and I leave it there. No more looking back. So I need songs to help me along.

Here is a list of some angry songs on my playlist:
1. Caught Out There by Kelis
2. Fuck You by Lilly Allen
3. You’re Such A by Hailee Stanfield
4. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
5. Too Little Too Late by Jojo
6. Lost Yo Mind by Beyonce ( THIS SONG IS AWESOME!)
7. Ring The Alarm by Beyonce (The difference is… for me, she can have him and take whatever, I don’t want it, I don’t need it)
8. Firestarter by The Prodigy (R.I.P. Keith Flint)
9. Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit
10. I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace
11. Fuck It by Eamon (Men can also be hoes, so, fuck you, you hoe! LOOOL)

There are many more angry songs on my playlist. I think I will add the others to the Song Of The Week.

Do you want to hear something funny? Firestarter is also one of my Fee; Good songs because feel so fucking great when listening to it. I get energized, I jump around, and I dance like nobody is watching. But then… when I am angry and I listen to it… I can see RED! Depending on my mood, this song can have a different effect on me.

Then there are those songs on my playlist that I use for writing the ‘normal’ scenes.

1. Insomnia by Faithless
2. No Good (Start The Dance) by The Prodigy (I would have given ANYTHING to go to one of their raves. Without the drugs, of course)
3. Baby’s Got A Temper by The Prodigy
4. Omen by The Prodigy
5. Voodoo People by The Prodigy
5. Out Of Space by The Prodigy
6. One More Time by Daft Punk
7. Harder Better Faster by Daft Punk (I think this is what Massimo was going for, but he failed)
8. Dare by Gorillaz (I dance to this song all the time, every time, any time)
9. Stylo by Gorillaz
10. Clocks by Coldplay
11. Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
12. Love Lost by The Temper Trap
13. Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
14. Floetic by Floetry
15. Say Yes by Floetry (Unbelievably SEXY song!)
16. Untitled by D’Angelo
17. No More Rain (In This Cloud) by Angie Stone
18. Cruisin by D’Angelo
19. Sumthin’ Sumthin’ by Maxwell
20. Candy Rain by Soul 4 Real
21. Every Little Thing I do by Soul 4 Real

As you can see, my playlist is diverse. These are not all of the songs. If I add all of them, this post will NEVER end.

I love all of these songs because they hold such fond memories. Some are angry, of course. As a result, I can tap into the anger I need when writing scenes where my MCs are pissed off. I really thank my parents for introducing me to great music and teaching me about the musicians they grew up with. My style is so diverse because my parents their styles are also very diverse.

It is amazing how one song can awaken so many memories. Even the ones you thought were buried deep. That is why music is so powerful. Because of this reason, I choose what I listen to. Okay, I know I listen to Marilyn Manson, but I have a reason for that: I like his music because I think he is a great artist. His vocal range, arrangement & composition are amazing.

I also understand why Marilyn chooses to present himself the way he does. It’s all for shock value. Yes, I know, it still doesn’t make sense to some people, but not everything has to make sense all the time.

As you can see, a playlist is necessary because it is a great writing tool. It keeps me focused because I don’t do a million things at a time.

Because I am easily distracted when I am using my laptop, I listen to music to keep me focused. I open my mail, answer emails, and what-have-you. No idea why, but doing other stuff (like writing this post while my Scrivener is open because I was writing) seems more interesting when writing.

In the past, I didn’t see the purpose in a post like this (I mentioned this earlier). As a result, I never wrote one like this before. But now I see that it is quite fun to list songs. This way, I also remembered songs I had forgotten I liked. For example, many songs by The Prodigy. They are legendary and I will always have their songs on my playlist.

It is time to end this post because it is sooooooo long.

I dislike long posts, so…


Tiara Ray

I am grateful & blessed to have the life I live. (Soon to be) Traditionally published & self-published author in her mid-thirties. I unsuccessfully tried changing this picture numerous times, so I just left it. I wish you lots of love & may you get what you need. <3

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