I love writing to music. It’s not for everyone, but I find that it really helps me block out the world and immerse myself in the story. If I’m struggling, the music helps me keep going or sparks an idea for a new scene. I’m very particular about what music I listen to when I write. I tend to find lyrics jarring and too distracting (although there are a few exceptions to this). Here’s a list of some of my favourite music to write to.
I’m a huge video game fan and I love game soundtracks. My favourite is, without a doubt, the music from the Final Fantasy series. I was fortunate enough to go and see a Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert in Edinburgh a few years ago and it blew me away. The music from this series has always had a special place in my heart, and the game itself has helped me get through some tough times in my life. One of my favourite tracks is To Zanarkand, performed by the Distant Worlds orchestra.
The Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern music is also great for writing. Those songs do have lyrics, but I find that they’re subtle enough not to distract me from the writing process.
Adrian von Ziegler
Adrian von Ziegler is a composer from Switzerland who creates emotional, fantastical and Celtic music, amongst other genres. I discovered Adrian’s music a few years ago and it’s perfect for writing (as well as relaxing and de-stressing!) One of my favourites at the moment is Autumn Forest.
I found CMA Music’s YouTube channel this year and I’ve still yet to find a track that I dislike. CMA was created by Connery M.A who describes his music as “chillout electronic filled with warm and gentle sounds”. I’m really fond of My World.
I’m including a band with lyrics here because they’re my favourite band and I can listen to them when writing without getting distracted. Something about their songs always inspires me and fills me with energy, motivation and ideas. I can listen to their albums on repeat without getting bored!
What about you? What music do you listen to when you write? Or do you prefer silence?