Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Writing Soundtrack

When I write, I sometimes put on some music in hopes that a filter in my head would magically convert the sound waves into mental electricity, energy that would make my bulb of idea overhead shine brighter. It works most of the time.

More recently, when I’m penning some drabbles or adding some flesh to a thin skeleton of an unborn story, I shove in my headphones and try to fish out some ideas from the lyrics that I’m hearing...that is, if the song playing does have some words. This is extremely effective for writer’s block, I highly recommend it. Here I’m going to share some songs from my music library—I’ll only choose fifteen to make this post short—that have further helped and inspired me in my writing. :)

1. Piledriver Waltz by Alex Turner
2. The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic at the Disco
3. Shadowplay by Joy Division
4. Paperback Writer by The Beatles
5. For the Price of a Cup of Tea by Belle and Sebastian
6. Pictures of You by The Cure
7. After Hours by We Are Scientists
8. Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis
9. A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys
10. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle by The Smiths
11. Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
12. Wildflower Soul by Sonic Youth
13. Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel
14. In My Veins by Andrew Belle
15. Wonderwall (Oasis tribute) by The Vitamin String Quartet

I chose those fifteen from iTunes by hitting on the shuffle mode and writing down the song that plays.Needless to say, that’s only a small chunk of my writing soundtrack. The contents of my playlists may change from time to time, but what’s important is they’re helping me with my writing process. Especially now that I’m planning on writing more short stories and carefully outlining the beginnings of a longer work.

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