NaNoWriMo Post #16

Music helps me write. While I outline a novel, I go through and pick a song for each scene. Before I write the scene, I play the song and see if I can draw any inspiration from it.

I recommend this method to anyone, especially if you happen to be stuck in a hard part of your story. Base a scene off a song you’re into at the moment or one of your all-time favorite songs. Borrow events from music videos because (I know you’ve probably heard this before) all writers are professional thieves.

Some of my most inspiring songs at the moment:

“You’re a God” by Vertical Horizon

“Haunted” by Taylor Swift

“Girl Next Door” by Saving Jane

“Papercut” by Linkin Park (good fight scene song)

“Like a G6” by Far East Movement (the quick pace helps me write faster)

“All the Things She Said” by t.A.T.u.
(no matter how many times I listen to it, I never get sick of it)

And Journey. Anything by Journey.

Happy writing – and good luck on the final stretch of NaNoWriMo. Keep those words flowing!

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Post #16

  1. When the lights
    Go down
    On the City
    And the sun shines on the bay
    How I want to be there . . .

    Enjoy the Journey with Journey!

    Glad to see you’ve past the 40K mark. You should breeze into the finish line.


    1. Yay! Someone who agrees with me! Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’ll definitely be looking at your post! 🙂


  2. For me, music is pretty much necessary in my writing process. Even though it sounds weird, I associate certain emotions with individual scenes and then i find a song that invokes thats emotion in me. I channel that emotion and I try to let it flow into my words.

    Some sample songs that I use are:

    Iron and Wine- Trapeze Swinger
    Linkin Park- Hands Held High
    The Weepies- The World Spins Madly on
    The Weepies- Gotta Have You
    Boats and Birds- Gregory and the Hawk
    Stars- Dead Hearts


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