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Contribute to CompletelyNovel’s Ultimate Writing Playlist by Adriana Bielkova

What are your favourite songs to write to? Here at CompletelyNovel, we love listening to music whilst we write, whether it’s a blog post (like this one!) or a short story. We want to create the ultimate writing playlist, including songs for every genre, every scene and every character. Here’s how you can get involved.

For many people, listening to music whilst they write can provide inspiration, distraction, concentration or help you immerse yourself in the world you’re creating. If you’ve never tried writing to music, give it a go – you’ll be surprised how it can affect your writing! Of course, music choices vary from author to author. Writers often prefer to listen to different types of music depending on what kind of scene or book they are writing. For instance, Gabriel García Márquez swore by Beatles’ records while writing One Hundred Years of Solitude.

To get our ultimate writing playlist started, we’ve kicked our playlist off with five songs we listen to whilst we write. They range from classical to electronic and include a little something for everyone!

1. Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 – These gentle piano compositions are perfect for setting the scene, describing surroundings and introducing your reader to your book.

2. Air’s Alone in Kyoto – Perfect for those descriptions of sweeping landscapes, whether fantasy fiction or travel guides.

3. René Aubry’s Rasta la Vista – An ideal background to set the pace for your dialogue.

4. Massive Attack’s Teardrop – To guide you through those grand love scenes in romance, or in biography.

5. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s The Dark Knight theme – Having trouble getting to know your villain? Pop this in your ears and see if it helps!

Have your own favourite songs to write to? Send us your suggestions for our ultimate playlist! We’ll add the best ones to our Spotify playlist, which you are free to scribble away to, any time.

To join in:

1. Comment on this article
2. Tweet us at_ @CompletelyNovel
3. Post your suggestion on our Facebook page

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