12 Songs that Inspire & Fuel My Writing

What inspires your writing, or gets your creative juices flowing?

One of the main things people find out about me, upon the first meeting even, is my love for music. If I’m not listening to it, I’m talking about it. But what many don’t realize is that I’m not just an avid listener, fan-girling over every new track released by my favorite bands. While I do get excited about that, the first thing that comes to my mind is: “Oh, boy. I’m going to get a good story out of this one.”

Many writers thrive in silence, but sitting, just listening to my racing fingers clapping the keyboard, is detriment to my writing groove. I’ve got to have it, and it’s not just for the noise. I enjoy silence when reading, studying, and pretty much everything else. But the songs’ tone greatly influences that of my own work, and I use it to my advantage. If you read Wink, Wink, chances are that was born out of a satirical tune from Panic! At the Disco. I wrote Silver to Disturb’s Indestructible; Red Rain to Reba McEntire.

So I have decided to make a list of 12 of my favorite tunes from my writing playlist (it’s 800 songs strong, but I won’t bore you with all that). I encourage you, if you’re into this kind of thing, to try writing a hundred or so words listening to a couple of these songs (if you do, share it in the comments! I’d love to read what you come up with!).

Note: the tracks are not listed in any particular order.

  1. Devil – Papa Roach
  2. Angels Fall – Breaking Benjamin
  3. The Ballad of Mona Lisa – Panic! At the Disco
  4. Can’t Be Tamed – Miley Cyrus
  5. Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
  6. Jackpot – Block B
  7. The Quiet – Troye Sivan
  8. Nightmare – Set It Off
  9. Going Under – Evanescence
  10. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood 
  11. Light of the Seven – Ramin Djawadi
  12. Milk and Cookies – Melanie Martinez

5 thoughts on “12 Songs that Inspire & Fuel My Writing

  1. I don’t think I could agree more. I can’t write well without music. I thought I’d see what I came up with listening to Milk and Cookies 🙂
    ‘I carefully laid the table, I wanted it to be perfect for when he came home. I had spent all afternoon cooking, the anticipation was almost too much to bear. He was his usual distant self when he sat down to eat. He didn’t appreciate the time I had spent on him, today or any other day. I smiled at him as I watched him eat piggishly, it was the truest smile I had smiled for years. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself when I asked him how he was enjoying his meal. It wasn’t just the sound of his disgusting, open-mouthed chewing that filled the room this time.’
    ‘What noise did you hear Mrs Clark?’
    ‘His choking. It was music to my ears. He looked so confused, his stupid little mind couldn’t imagine what I could do. He couldn’t understand that I had no intention of helping him. I laughed as I watched him suffer.’
    ‘Did you poison your husband Mrs Clark? Are you confessing to the murder of Rupert Clark?’
    ‘It was him or me.’
    ‘Mrs Clark poison is not considered a form of self defence.’
    ‘I couldn’t bear to live with him any longer. He crushed my spirit. I feel so free. You can shut me away in prison but I’ll still be more free than I was with him.’

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  2. I can’t use music when I write. It tends to interupt the movie going on in my head.lol
    It also muddies the picture and I lose track of where I am. I absolutely love music every other time of day though. 😊
    My favorite right now is Jung Da il’s , “We Know”. It’s in Korean but it’s sooo beautiful. 😆

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    1. That makes sense! My parents always had music playing, so I got used to writing with it, and it’s stuck with me in my adult life.
      And I’ll check that out! I love Korean music 🙂

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      1. I feel the generation gap with your list of music. Lol
        This old lady hasn’t even heard most of them before.
        If you have trouble finding it just type Beautific Beats in the youtube search. It’s my list of shower screeching jams. Haha

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