Hey, everybody! Wondering how to create the perfect playlist for when you write? This is how I create mine!
I don’t just have one playlist when I write—I make a bunch! I have playlists for various scenes and emotions.
I have an angry playlist, a sad playlist, a combat playlist, a victory playlist, etc.. In addition to that, I make a general playlist that I’ll use when I’m not writing a specific type of scene. These playlists help me to get inspired and feel the mood of a given scene, and I’d honestly be lost without them.
For specific playlists, I first look for songs that I already know capture the overall mood. I’m not going to play Funkytown for an angry scene. Most of my angry playlist tends to be heavy metal, rock type songs. You have to pick songs that make you feel what the character feels.
I love it when I find songs that mesh with the story arc or the content of a scene. Sometimes a song will really express what a character is going through, or what’s happening in the story, and finding these to put in a playlist makes it that much better.
Sometimes the mood a song gives matters on what it means to you! What might seem like only a somewhat dreary song to one person might be heart breaking for someone else. A seemingly happy song might make someone else angry when they hear it. I use songs that are personally important, and I find these are the most effective, especially for sad scenes.
In short, I make my playlists for the mood I’m writing, and try to use songs that are relevant to myself and the story.
How do you create your playlists?
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