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Music is a great tool for writers to use to help them dive into the story that they’re working on. It has helped me get into the minds of the characters I’ve created and immerses me into my story. I believe that having a playlist for your work in progress is a great way to help you write more vividly, so in lieu of that idea, I wanted to share my writing playlist and give you a little bit of insight into the songs I’ve chosen.
A short, somewhat vague summary of my WIP: A girl is escaping her past. A boy is trying to disentangle himself from the life chosen for him. There’s Vegas nightlife, tons of mobsters, and a potential war between families.
I haven’t made a true order to this playlist because I tend to listen to it on shuffle, so choose how you’d want to listen to it.
1. After the Storm by Mumford and Sons
There will come a time / You’ll see, with no more tears / And love will not break your heart / But dismiss your fears / Get over your hill and see / What you find there / With grace in your heart / And flowers in your hair
When I first plotted out my WIP, this song was one of the first ones to come to mind, when thinking about my storyline. It’s about letting go of negativity and the past and being hopeful for the future, and I think that perfectly encompasses what my story has to tell.
2. The Fear by Ben Howard
This song, in general, describes the ever-present fear that my characters have because they are always in the face of danger.
3. Way Down We Go by Kaleo
Oh father, tell me, do we get what we deserve?
This dark and ominous song packs the same emotion and intensity that I hope my story brings to the table and really puts me in the mood to write, whenever I listen to it.
4. Ultralight Beam by Kanye West
I’m tryna keep my faith / But I’m looking for more / Somewhere I can feel safe / And end my holy war / I’m tryna keep my faith
This is one of the most powerful songs I’ve ever listened to, and it reminds me of my characters grappling with morality and their faith in one another and themselves. It’s a song that will leave you breathless and always makes me want to run to my WIP to write after I listen to it.
5. Young God by Halsey
Oh, baby girl, you know we’re gonna be legends / I’m a king and you’re a queen and we will stumble through heaven / If there’s a light at the end, it’s just the sun in your eyes / I know you wanna go to heaven, but you’re human tonight
Young God perfectly describes one of the relationships in my novel that’s intoxicating and poisonous at the same time.
6. Passionfruit by Drake
Tension / Between us just like picket fences
The lyrics might not correlate to my WIP, but the beat and overall feel of this song reminds me of my story. It reminds me of driving down the highway, at 3 am, without a trouble in your mind.
7. Coming Down by Halsey
I found the devil / I found him in a lover / And his lips like tangerines / In his color-coded speak
8. Ghosts that We Knew by Mumford and Sons
So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
This song is another one that I thought of when I first began plotting this story. The lyrics coincide with my broken characters and helps me get into a darker mood to write my story.
9. Slip by Elliot Moss
I won’t keep watching you / Dance around in your smoke / Who can flicker out? / You’re not the light I used to know
Slip reminds me of the darker side of a relationship in my story. (Listening to this song when it’s slowed down by .75 is a wonderful experience and really brings out the sensualness of this song)
10. Too Good by Drake ft. Rihanna
I don’t know how to talk to you / I just know I found myself getting lost with you / Lately you just make me work too hard for you
11. Dance Without You by Skylar Grey
I wanna dance without you / For once just let me lose myself
Dance Without You reminds me of a song you’d listen to when you’re fed up with someone and just want to be free. That’s how one of my characters eventually feels.
12. Two Evils by Bastille
I’m the lesser of two evils / Or am I, am I tricking myself nice? / If I’m a lesser of two evils / Who’s this man, who’s this act I hide behind?
13. Hearts a Mess by Gotye
Your heart’s a mess / You won’t admit to it
14. She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles
She’s imperfect, but she tries / She is good, but she lies
This song reminds me of a minor character whose road to hell is paved with good intentions.
15. Wolves by Kanye West
I was lost and beat up / Turned out, burned up / You found me, through a heartache / Didn’t know me, you were drawn in
Wolves describes multiple relationships, but it mostly reflects the tie my two main characters have with one another.
16. I Found by Amber Run
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be / Right in front of me, talk some sense to me
17. Habits by Plested
My confession, you’re my sin / My religion yeah you bring me to life / You’re the smoke in the air, everywhere / You’re the truth you’re the dare, you’re the lie / And I don’t wanna stare but I swear / No, that nothing compares to your eyes
18. Real Friends by Kanye West
Real friends, how many of us? / How many of us, how many jealous? Real friends / It’s not many of us, we smile at each other / But how many honest? Trust issues
Real Friends is one of my favorite Kanye songs, ever, portraying the distrust people have with others once they’ve become successful.
19. Blame by Bastille
You go sleep with the fishes / There’s no room for you here / There’s no room for you here / Wrap your teeth around the pavement / ‘Cause your body’s a message / Send my regards to hell
20. Mi Tierra by Gloria Estefan
La tierra te duele, la tierra te da / En medio del alma cuando tú no estás
Majority of my characters are Cuban, and this song describes the nostalgia and longing we all have for our island.
21. Wildfire by SYML
You’re not a curse, you’re not too much / You are needed here, you are enough / And nothing’s gonna hold you down for long
Here’s my playlist for my WIP. Feel free to listen to it and tell me what’s your favorite song! Happy listening!