I need music to write.
Well, I guess that’s not technically true, but I certainly don’t write without music if I can help it. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of writing music, and I thought I would share some of my favorite tracks with you!
I’ve seen other writers talking about specific music tracks which they paired perfectly with a scene in their book, right down to where the plot points and the beats of the song fit together perfectly. While this was certainly interesting to learn about the story, I find that sort of scene building to be incredibly restrictive. I like my writing music to be instrumentals – of epic proportions.
At one time I entertained the idea of creating playlists of music to match different moods so that I could play them whenever I was writing a certain type of scene, but in the end I determined that would take an inordinate about of time – time which I should just spend writing the book! So, that really is what music is for me, a sound to play in the background to keep my wandering mind focused on what I’m doing.
Alright, without further ado, here are my top 10 favorite tracks!
I could just make a list of all Two Steps from Hell songs, they are almost always amazing, but I will try to keep a variety going here. But this track, by far it is the best. Flight of the Silverbird would top the list if there hadn’t been this song – which is Flight of the Silverbird somehow made even more awesome.
Love this track. It makes me feel like I’m ready to charge into battle, or head out on an adventure.
This song gave my chills the first time I heard it; it’s just one of those tracks that gets your imagination working and transports you to another world.
I like the slow build in this track, it’s perfect as the first track in the playlist to get my mind out of the ‘daily life’ mode and into my ‘writing mode’.
This song is hauntingly beautiful, you really need to just listen to it for yourself.
There is a lot of complexity to this track, and while there are a bit more vocals than I prefer, it all works together to create something unique and inspiring.
The only problem with this track is that it’s too short.
You can’t help but feel awesome when listing to this track.
Now this track is different, but give it a chance. When you listen all the way through it has a real eerie, exciting sort of feel and will get you in the mood for a fight-or-flight sort of scene.
This song was written about heroes, for heroes. And it’s too short, you really need the extended version.
So, those are my top 10 favorite writing tracks! I am actually impressed that I managed to make a list this long without another Two Steps from Hell song in it (no promises I can manage that if I ever do another top 10.) What did you think of these tracks? What’s your favorite writing music? Join the discussion in the comments below!