NANOWRIMO SURVIVAL GUIDE: Compile a writing playlist

Note: Happy Labor Day, to all my Stateside readers! Enjoy your day off, and use it well!

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If you’re like me and need music playing in the background while you’re writing, set aside some time this week to assemble a writing playlist. If you’re not too happy with the selection on your iTunes, you can always go to online streaming websites like Pandora, Spotify, and Songza. I believe Spotify is the only one where you can put together your own playlist, but the others are perfect alternatives if you like listening to music in radio mode.

Over the years, I’ve resorted to my time-tested favorites: film and television scores. Particularly the following albums:

  • Inception
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Jane Eyre (2011)
  • Emma (1996 & 2009)
  • Sense & Sensibility (1995)
  • The Italian Job (2003)
  • The Bourne series

I’ll likely do so again this year, although I’ll probably also switch things up with some trip-hop and downtempo on Songza.

Readers — What do you listen to while you write?


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