I’ve mentioned before how much I love to write to music. The “writing music” I listen to can affect the mood of my novel and even inspire characters and plots. And the winner of my favorite type of music for writing is (drum roll here) movie soundtracks. Why? Well, they’re perfect for writing since you can match the mood of the album to the mood of your novel, and there are not usually any distracting lyrics involved. Another plus is that you can find most soundtracks uploaded to YouTube for free. So, here are my top five favorites that I like to listen to while writing.
5. Thor Soundtrack
Last November, I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote a sci-fi novel titled Homeland. It had a ton of action sequences and dramatic moments, and I needed a soundtrack to match. Thor was perfect for that. The album has a sci-fi vibe to it with fast, exciting tracks perfect for writing an action-based plot. My favorite song off the album was “Prologue.”
4. The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtracks
After watching the first movie, I found myself with “He’s A Pirate” stuck firmly in my head. There was only one thing to do: get the soundtrack! While I have never written a whole novel to these soundtracks, I love to listen to them when I’m working on something without an established soundtrack (such as Star Trek fanfiction, or the beginning of a novel idea). My favorite songs from the albums are “He’s a Pirate” from The Curse of the Black Pearl, “Jack Sparrow” from Dead Man’s Chest, and “Up is Down” from At World’s End.
3. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) Soundtrack
I read the play for school. And then I watched the movie. And then I had to write a paper about the play. I couldn’t decide what to listen to while writing the paper, and on a whim, decided to look up the soundtrack on YouTube. I don’t know if it helped the paper, buy it turned out to be the perfect soundtrack for God Save the Queen (my Camp NaNo novel), and as crazy as it sounds, having that soundtrack helped my writing. I went from disliking my novel idea to loving it. The upbeat music helped turn my dark plot into one that was lighter and more comical. My favorite songs from the soundtrack are “Front Tiles” and, despite the distracting lyrics, “Lady Come Down.”
2. How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack
I originally tried this soundtrack for Homeland, but it ended up not fitting the story line. Then I tried it with Snow, and it was a novel/soundtrack match made in heaven. It’s a wonderful soundtrack, and I can safely say I love every single song on the album. The album has a Celtic air to it with a great mix of fast, action-packed songs, and slower, more dramatic tracks. I’m pretty excited about the new How To Train Your Dragon movie, but I can’t decide if the excitement is for the actual movie or the soundtrack! 😉 My favorite songs are “Romantic Flight,” “See You Tomorrow,” and “Forbidden Friendship.”
1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Soundtracks
Big surprise there, right? 😉 Even though I might be a bit biased when it comes to the movies, I think even non-fans can say that these soundtracks are quite beautiful to hear. They are my go-to fanfiction writing soundtracks, and even when I’m not writing, I love to listen to them. They even inspired the name of the blog as “Concerning Writing” is a play on the song/chapter title “Concerning Hobbits.” Four of my favorites are “Evenstar” and “King of the Golden Hall” from The Two Towers soundtrack, “Axe or Sword?” from An Unexpected Journey, and of course, “Concerning Hobbits” from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack.
What music do you like to listen to while writing, if any? Do you listen to movie soundtracks? If so, which ones? Comment below and tell me. I’d love to find some new ones! 🙂
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