How to Create Your Writing Playlist

Hey, everybody! Wondering how to create the perfect playlist for when you write? This is how I create mine!

Multiple Playlists

I don’t just have one playlist when I write—I make a bunch! I have playlists for various scenes and emotions.

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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.

Mood Significance

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.

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Story Significance

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.

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Personal Significance

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.

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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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  1. I stopped listening to music when writing when I realized that once I fully immerse in writing, I filter the music out anyway. I still use it when revising but as that tends to go faster and different types of scenes pass by, I’m not so strict on the type of playlist and just play what I have the mood for.

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  2. Hi BCB,

    Crazy! Did you know that my English 2 course is watching Inside Out this week and their assignment was the create a playlist to elicite emotions from the listener. Wow, maybe we are on to something. I would like to use your post as an opening exercise to start the theme.

    Thanks,

    Gary

    On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 8:28 PM Brain Clutter Blogs wrote:

    > brainclutterblogs posted: “Hey, everybody! Wondering how to create the > perfect playlist for when you write? This is how I create mine! Multiple > Playlists 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” >

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  3. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and everything. However think of if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this site could definitely be one of the greatest in its niche. Fantastic blog!

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