The Sweetest Sound

Since we live in such a technology-driven era, are there any writers out there who choose to listen to their favorite records while they type away?


I, for one, love to write with music to further inspire my story to unfold. Meaningful lyrics is a plus. Sometimes I’ll write a chapter entirely based on the lyrics to a single song. I don’t think I would listen to the same tunes between genres, though. I think it would mess with the flow of a story if I was blaring one of my favorite rap songs while trying to write a regency novel.

If I were to write a cute scene with my OTP, I would play Electric Feel by MGMT. I always thought that song (even though it’s about the guy’s guitar) really accentuated the relationship between two people. I could listen to it while writing a sensual sex scene, but it’s up to what mood I’m in. With a scandalous and steamy scene, I choose Love Lies by Khalid. Outside of the lyrics, I really like the flow of the song and I think it could really inspire a lot of…things.

Or I would definitely listen to the theme song to Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer if my characters are on a journey to save some villagers from a fire breathing troll…that’s the perfect adventure song, in my opinion. Any film scores help me envision more action in some scenes. I end up imagining myself sitting among my heroes (or villains, no judging here) while the scene unfolds around them.

I’ve seen around the internet that some authors don’t like to listen to music they are familiar with. I didn’t see any reasons why, but I can assume that it might have something to do with being reminded of events or people they don’t want interfering with their art of writing. Rather than listening to their favorite album from 1993 (like me), they’ll listen to random songs that might inspire them to write but are not attached to!

As much as I might enjoy it, listening to music while writing isn’t for everyone. Sometimes silence can be the sweetest tune.

5 thoughts on “The Sweetest Sound

  1. Mecca_amirah May 11, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    i love to write with music! R&B is my fav to listen to as i write but i can become distracted at times. but there are moments where an artist’s lyric in a song inspires me.

  2. Nikki May 11, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Listening to music while I write is a must. Like you said, it helps me capture the mood of the scenes and inspires what will happen next.

    And I definitely have different types of music for each genre. When I write sci-fi, I like to have something louder, more upbeat and in-your-face. When I write fantasy, I like more melodic and mellow music. When I write horror, something dark and sinister or melancholic.

  3. writeon48 May 11, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    I’ll listen to my MP3 on shuffle sometimes. It’s more background noise for me than anything. It lets me tune out everything else.

  4. Lisa Street Rogers May 11, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Great post! I tried an experiment recently where I listened to instrumental meditation music while writing. It helped not having lyrics as the lyrics became my writing. I found it fascinating that as the music reached a crescendo, I wrote faster and as it slowed, so did I deep in thought. I haven’t tried listening to something with lyrics yet, maybe I’ll give that a go next.

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