Songs to Help Your Writing
By: Megan Standley
Some songs aren’t just perfect to listen to while you write – they can also help you shake that icky writer’s block. In this blog I’ll list some of the artists that get me out of my writer’s block and the ones that I listen to when I write.
Music for Writer’s Block
Imagine Dragons: Any song written and performed by this band is beautiful. Their songs have a great beat and their melodies will get you in the mood to continue your character’s adventure. My favorite song from Imagine Dragons is “Mouth of the River” from their recent album Evolve.
“Mouth of the River” has a memorable score and fascinating lyrics to accompany it. I highly recommend giving it a listening to when you’re having trouble moving forward in your story.
Taylor Swift: I know not many are Swift fans (honestly, neither am I), but out of nearly every artist comes some good songs. Three of Taylor Swift’s songs are particularly good at helping to shake writer’s block: “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” and “Wildest Dreams.” My favorite out of the three is “Wildest Dreams.”
“Wildest Dreams” really helps me when I’m writing a romantic scene between a character and his/her love interest. The score is slow and captivates the left side of the brain’s attention. Then, you’re more than likely to come up with the perfect love scene for your character’s first kiss with their love interest. That aside, the lyrics complement the scene of any love scene of any character.
Disney compositions and songs: Any song that came from any Disney movie is helpful for writing. Want a song to help you with a fight? Try “King of Pride Rock,” the score from the Lion King, where Simba fights his uncle and claims his throne.
Want a song for a prep into battle? Try “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” a song from Mulan.
Out of all of them, however, my favorite Disney song is “Beauty and the Beast.” This great song, again, romance but it can also be used as a revelation for your character. Let’s say your character started out biased and cruel until you placed a trial or obstacle that led your character to change. That’s when the song helps your character realize he/she has changed for the better.
Songs to Listen to When Writing
Beethoven: Nothing gets you in the mood for some serious writing like Ludwig Van Beethoven does. His symphonies and concertos are mesmerizing and motivating. My favorite is his “Moonlight Sonata.” The “Moonlight Sonata” is peaceful and helps when writing a peaceful story or a very sad story. On the other hand, if you want a dangerous and scary story then Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” is for you.
David Bowie: Let’s be honest, everything this man created is genius. His upbeat songs will get those words pouring and his slow ballads will create the best sad scenes in any story. My favorite song of David Bowie’s is “As the World Falls Down” from the film Labyrinth. “As the World Falls Down” is great for slow dance scenes or if your character is falling in love for the first time or after a long time.
These are just a few songs that will help your writer’s block and writing process. Feel free to create your own playlist (Spotify is a great place to start, if you haven’t already). Music is the greatest accompaniment to writing; it can even help spark inspiration for a story that writer’s block has convinced you to give up on.