Music to Write to...

The writing playlist is one of the most important aspects of writing for me. If I just can't get into my own story, or if I love it with all my heart but just can't make myself sit still long enough to type words, music brings me back to the project.

For some people, opening Word is the first step to writing success. For me, it is opening Pandora and selecting the right station.

I have a few Pandora Stations and they all have their specific purpose.

The Disney Radio station is for studying.

The Classic Rock station is for lab work.

The White Christmas station is what starts playing December 1st and doesn't stop until I hate myself.

The mix of Top-40 hits, David Guetta crazy songs, and 90s Summer hits is for working out.

And, finally, my writing station. It is entitled "Writing Music" and is based on film scores. Some of the great names that inspire my writing are Harry Gregson-Williams (Chronicles of Narnia), John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Jerry Goldsmith (Rudy), Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones), James Newton Howard (everything he's ever done). This is hardly an exhaustive list, but you get the idea.

There is something so perfect about writing along to this beautiful and moving station. It is almost as if your story has somehow become a film and you are watching it play out on the page to its own background music.

If you have trouble writing or, at least, getting into your project, you should try out those composers I've listed above (and find a few more). If that doesn't work, you should work on creating your own station and playlist. It is a writing must-have that has proven itself time and again for hundreds of writers.

Yes, that is a number I pulled out of nowhere, but it is still worth a shot.

Here's to a long night of writing and music.

Race out