“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good and just and beautiful.” Said Plato.
I remember once in elementary school ( a very long time ago) the teacher gave us a blank sheet of paper. She said close your eyes and draw whatever comes to mind as you listen to the music. This was a fun exercise in the versatility of the mind to be moved by certain musical patterns.
As a fantasy writer, music is key to helping give flight to my imagination. But it's not just any music that will do. Each scene I'm writing needs a particular type of music to really stir up the imaginative flow. And it's not easy finding just the right piece. I've spent lots of time listening to different songs, waiting for inspiration to strike.
I've collected quite the playlist over the years and would like to share some of the main ones I listen too while writing.
1) Lord of the Rings Calm mix. This is my all time favorite and normal go-to. This one works well when writing your more normal scenes or ethereal scenes. It's not very helpful when writing high action scenes because this is a calm mix.
2) Spooky Music Compilation This one is so much fun! It's great for any scene that includes anything spooky, like sneaking through a dark forest or even engaging with mischievous creatures.
3) Requiem for a Dream This one is perfect for a high action/fight scene! It is very dramatic and I can just visualize an epic fight scene whenever I listen to it.
Others: I have a full list of instrumental songs that I skim through but here is a group that is one of my favorites:
Two Steps From Hell: this memorable group has tons of songs from calm to epic. It's just a matter of trying them out. Click on the name to hear my favorite.
What are some of your go-tos for writing? I'd love to hear about your favorites!