Building Your Perfect Playlist for Your Novel

Music has always been one of those things that continually inspires me. I am also someone who always needs to have it constantly playing in the background. Silence actually annoys me. I hate hearing people breathe, cough, sneeze, etc. I find that I concentrate better with my headphones in just clicking away on the keyboard.

When I draft my books, I'm no stranger to listening to lyrical songs. In fact, I love lyrics in music because they often tell a story themselves. Though, I tend to only listen to those when I am drafting, not editing. For some reason, I can get into the book so easy and just tune out the lyrics. Or, that's how it used to be for me. In recent months, I've taken to instrumental music much more than lyrical pieces. I think it's because I've done so much searching for new music that I've sort of just found my way through those and discovered some amazing pieces.

When I am writing, I've started this new thing, and it's loosely based on what Sarah J. Maas does with her book playlists. I started a playlist called "The Daily." This playlist is for me to put the songs on there for what I'm currently editing or drafting (I have a second daily playlist for another WIP). I love the freedom this gives me because I go through my instrumental playlist that I titled "Instrumental Gloriousness" which consists of almost 2,000 instrumental pieces and then my vocal playlist and carefully curate my playlist for what I'm working on. I'll move things around based on the order of the scenes and find what pieces fit best in the order of the chapter. I'll click play, and work. It's become part of my process and I'm loving it. I really like being able to see where my romantic themes are because I have that same song multiple times throughout, and I can see how many times those two characters interact.

I would highly recommend trying it this way. If you don't want to curate instrumentals like I have, feel free to check out my Spotify profile for all the instrumentals I found. I find it soothing to sit down before starting a chapter and compiling a list of songs. It's sort of began to establish itself into my routine, and I am always looking for new music to surround myself with. It's comforting and relaxing to sift through all the music and discover the pieces to make up the mood of your story.

There are some artists who make it onto my playlist more than others, but that's because I know their music better than others. I have a few artists who are my go-to, and these are them!

Musicians I Like

1. Sleeping at Last -- I love all of Ryan O'Neil's songs. They are all extraordinary pieces of music, and I never grow tired of them. The beautiful thing about his music is that he does both vocal and instrumental music. They're both calming, and are littered throughout my playlists. I always recommend people start with his song Saturn because it gives off a taste of his songwriting abilities and his instrumental. It's a beautiful piece.

2. Mattia Cupelli -- I love his music, and I recently discovered this musician through the song Mooncatcher. It's so good, and it's so powerful. Definitely check him out.

3. Tree Adams -- I only have listened to his soundtracks for The 100, and I love listening to them as my book really came to be due to the show. The pieces are both intense and romantic.

4. Audiomachine -- This group/artists whatever they're called are as epic as the come. Their music always ends on some intense note, and always makes me feel super motivated. THEY ARE SO GOOD.

How do you guys curate your playlists? Do you go through at once or do you do it bit by bit? Is there an order to your playlists? Let me know in the comments!


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Writer from Wisconsin who loves reading, writing, crocheting, and watching way too much of The 100. You can often find Amanda playing The Sims and procrastinating everything. 

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