Do you find music inspirational?

Playlists are a MUST for my writing process! It helps define the tone for certain scenes, it can evoke emotion I hope to portray, it can even match with a theme/trope in the story. I like to create a playlist for each book, and will spend up to a week finding songs that inspire me.

When I’m done, my playlists typically consist of 20+ songs!

How I make a playlist for a book:

It starts with the music and how it makes me feel. Is it powerful? Is it emotional? Then I focus on the words. How well do they pertain to my story, my world or my characters?

I choose as many or as few songs that I want, and that’s it! Playlist done!

I use Apple Music, but you can also find songs on Spotify.

Now, the interesting part is that I don’t actually listen to my playlists while doing deep work on my books. This involves world-building, plotting, drafting, revising, editing — anything that requires deep thought. Instead, I like to listen to calm piano music while writing to transition my brain into focus mode, then I listen to my playlists during other parts of my day when I’m processing the story through mindless-type work like cleaning the house, folding laundry, cooking and watering the garden.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs for FATE CALLING:

  • Rewrite the Stars by Zac Efron & Zendaya
  • A New Hope by Broken Iris
  • Going Home by Celtic Woman
  • Million Reasons by Madilyn
  • I Need Your Love by Jake Coco and Madilyn
  • War of Hearts by Ruelle
  • The Other Side by Ruelle
  • Let Me Love the Lonely by James Arthur
  • Maybe by James Arthur
  • Evermore by Dan Stevens
  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  • Skye Boat Song by John Boswell⁠
  • I’d Come for You by Nickelback
  • Fields of the Heart by David Davidson

Happy listening,

Lindsay

Written by Lindsay Grace

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