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Charlotte Writes Things | Writing Playlists

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” – Doris Lessing.

writing playlists

When it comes to sitting down and committing to writing sprints, silence is my enemy. That seemingly never-ending quiet just makes it all too easy for my mind to drift, for me to pull open a window and call down the internet’s many rabbit holes, and make me feel almost uncomfortable. I can’t pinpoint the how or the why I work better with some sort of background noise (often I multi-task and catch up on my TV shows/ movies while working away at my laptop), but it’s always been the way and so I decided to embrace it many a year ago.

Joining the online book community and seeing how many of my author inspirations  created playlists to act as the soundtrack for their books was really interesting. It had become a norm. While I’ve recently gone down the same route for my own projects to help me get into the right mindset for the varying narratives, my absolute gem for writing sessions is my generic “writing playlist” which is a compilation of my favourite score music from films.

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Backed up by Harry Potter, The Book Thief, The Maze Runner, How To Train Your Dragon score tracks, I am able to become fully immersed in the worlds I’m creating and treat it as something serious that I’m working on rather than just a cute little hobby (but of course there’s nothing wrong with that)! It helps to block out everything around me while I weave the various threads of an every changing world together. And that is its own form of magic.

Do you have any special requirements in order to write?

Do you indulge in music or is silence golden?

Author:

A proud Hufflepuff who talks about books and also tries to write them.

5 thoughts on “Charlotte Writes Things | Writing Playlists

  1. I pretty much always write with background music. And I come up with a playlist for each book, with some initial songs at the beginning that inform the “feel” of the book in some way and then songs that I add on as I go through the writing process–sad songs for sad scenes, etc. So the end result is a playlist that grows organically with the book and is an auditory guide, so to speak. Kinda cool! 🙂

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  2. Same! I can’t usually write in silence. My friend even told me about a study that linked listening to music with improved memory, so there may be some neurological advantage to writing with earphones on. 😀

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