Like many other writers, I like to write with music. In fact, I <em>have </em>to write to music as silence distracts me. Because of this, I’ve found that I associate certain songs with my novel FATE’S PAST. So, without further ado, the following is a list of a few of the songs I listened to while writing FATE’S PAST:
Cloud Atlas Soundtrack — “End Title”
I will always think of FATE’S PAST when I hear this song because it was on repeat for much of the initial drafting. There’s just something about the progression of “End Title” that I enjoy while writing–I’ll often find the pace of my writing to build along with the tempo of the song. This is still my go-to writing jam.
Explosions in the Sky — “The Winner Is”
Similar to “End Title,” “The Winner Is” has a nice progression, though it builds faster and is shorter than “End Title.” The violin section always gets my creative juices flowing.
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know”
I wrote the climax of my book while listening to “Do I Wanna Know.” Its aggression and sexiness sets the mood nicely for late-night writing.
Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks”
This was my “revisions” song–its calculated pace and soothing harmonies helped the mind-numbing process.
The Neighborhood, “Sweater Weather”
I discovered this song (and The Neighbourhood) as I was putting the “finishing touches” on FATE’S PAST. I also listened to it as I was querying, so it will always have a special place in my heart due to its connection with such an immutable time in my life.
Well, those are a few of the songs that would be on FATE’S PAST’s soundtrack. Later, I’ll post the songs that I’m now listening to while drafting my current work-in-progress.
How about you? What are some of your favorite “writing” songs?