Combining music and writing is no big secret in the storyteller's circle. Lots of authors use it to stay focused and motivated during their typing time. But beyond a noise buffer/background music, I've found the influence of music literally seeping into my stories. This is an interesting aspect to consider! And not just for the sake of setting and describing the scene, (whether exciting or sweet), but for the feel of the character's themselves. What are their emotions in the scene? Are they feeling frightened? Happy? Mischievous? Hurt?
Obviously, you can't get playlists for every emotion (or maybe you can, I don't know) but having a few to choose feels like a fun writing accessory. :)
So here are my writing playlists, feel free to use (follow, whatever,) them for your own motivation and inspiration when getting your word count in. Keep in mind that these are getting updated frequently and will probably contain more tunes every time to look at them!
Writing the Exciting Scenes!
Writing the Sweet Scenes
ALL My Spotify Tunes--WOAH!!
All but the last link are purely instrumental playlists. If I'm listening to music with lyrics, I like to keep the volume really low, like a 2, but if the household is particularly noisy and I have to turn it up, I sometimes find myself distracted by the lyrics. All of sudden, I'm rocking out, bobbing my head and fist pumping while belting out: "and you're gonna hear me ro-oh-oh-oh-oar, ro-oh-oh-oh-oar," instead of typing away at the development of my shy prairie heroine. Not helpful. In those scenarios, I've found instrumental tunes tend to stay in the background of my scenes better.
Some authors find music distracting and employ their own techniques for 'getting in the zone'. What do you think? What are your 'zoning in' techniques?
p.s. I'm not much of a Hunter Hayes fan, but I feel like I do have to credit him for inspiring me to do this post today, when I heard his new song 'storyline' come on in my headphones.