Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Music Muse

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

I am enjoying my time in Vegas very much. I've seen a couple of things to help with setting in my novel, and will try to get to a high school tomorrow.  Tonight, I'm staying on the strip with the hubs, and I'll be trying to figure out a few scenes that happen there.  Before that, though, I have to go to a ranch that my dad's friend owns.  I know that sounds kind of neat, and my kids will love it, but ... ugh.  I'm not much of an outdoors person, and I'm allergic to most of the animals there.  *sigh* So wish me luck.

Anyway, today I wanted to post about music.  Do you listen to music when you write?  I used to not be able to, but I've figured out how to make it work, and it really helps me now. 

The songs below are on my playlist for my manuscript That Succs, which is the one set in and near Vegas.  Some of the songs go together really well, and some may seem strange, but it works for me. (I'm linking (titles are links) to You Tube videos of the songs, but if there are any you like, please purchase them from your favorite music seller.)

I have some songs I listen to just in general:
Imaginary by Evanescence
Weight of the World by Evanescence
Lithium by Evanescence
Insatiable by The Rise of Defiance
Play Called Life by The Rise of Defiance
Misery by  Maroon 5
Alice by Avril Lavigne

And I have some songs for specific characters:
Emmy (protagonist):
Good Enough by Evanescence
Hello by Evanescence
Bring  Me to Life by Evanescence
Sally's Song by Amy Lee
Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
Smile by Avril Lavigne

Lily (Emmy's best friend):
Peacock by Katy Perry (yeah, she's like that)
What the Hell? by Avril Lavigne

Paul (Emmy's crush):
Rocketeer by Far East Movement and Ryan Tedder
Careless Whisper by Seether

So what do you listen to when you write? Do you make playlists?  Any music suggestions for me? :)

Larissa :)


  1. I love listening to music during my fast draft. Have fun on your trip! I miss our crit meetings already.

  2. I don't listen to music when I write, but it's fabulous when I'm finished.

  3. I can't listen to music when I write. I tend to tune the real world out and dive completely into my story. I don't think I'd even hear the music. Well that and I write during my daughter's nap time. The music would probably keep her up. She loves to sing and dance.

  4. Christy--I miss you guys, too! Can't wait to see you! ;)

    Lee--Do you make playlists for your books?

    Kelly--I usually get to a point where I don't really hear it, but it creates an ambiance that seems to really help me get in the zone. :) And, oh my, our daughters would get along smashingly. My girls both run around dancing and singing nonstop. They were ecstatic when my mom pulled out my old ballet shoes yesterday. LOL.

  5. I can't listen to music when I write. It just distracts me too much.

  6. I have to have music on when I write. My favorite is Joshua Radin -- I could listen to him over & over for hours. But yes, I also have play lists specific to each book. Destined has some Joshua Radin, Snow Patrol, Red, Secondhand Serenade & The Script, to name a few.

  7. I have to have some kind of soft, nature-like music. If I have music with words on, I tend to start writing the music lyrics down rather than my own thoughts. I love soundtracks, too. Lord of the Rings is particularly inspiring. :)