A Smorgasbord of Writing Music

I wrote a post a while ago about how I didn’t listen to music while writing and instead preferred to gather inspiration from it between writing sessions.

More recently though (probably because of looooonnng hours writing and editing Kiera), I’ve discovered several songs that help get my creative juices flowing while writing without distracting me too much from putting down words. πŸ˜‰

Here are some of my favorite songs and the moods they set for me. I hope you find one that’s perfect for you!

Romantic and wistful.

Happy, creative, and young.

Joy and hustle.

Bittersweet and wistful.

(If you watch the video, skip the last 15 seconds or so to avoid an immodest sketch.)

Creative and hustle. (Editing or word sprinting ninja!)

Peaceful and soothing.

All the emotions. πŸ˜‰

Simplicity and joy.

What are some of your favorite writing songs? Can you listen to songs with words, or do you like to choose an instrumental that sets a mood?

10 thoughts on “A Smorgasbord of Writing Music

  1. Hey Kate,
    I have only a select few songs I really enjoy listening to when writing, but one I keep coming back to is I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. It helps focus my mind, especially when it comes to characters understanding what is at stake in the story!

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  2. I love your writing music posts, Kate! I enjoy hearing other people’s collection of writing inspiration music – and collecting my own.

    This weekend, I listened to the song “Mo Ghille Mear” that you linked to in your post from a while back (after you linked to it in your newsletter and this post), and…man. I LOVED it!!! I became slightly obsessed with it, and listened to it over and over, which I hardly ever do. πŸ˜€ I really, really love Celtic songs sung in Gaelic, but the only one I’ve encountered so far is “Noble Maiden Fair” from Brave, which I adore, and I love to play and sing it in Gaelic and on my violin (the song and soundtrack – I do NOT like the movie).

    So I had to fix that and find more! I went on a hunt on YouTube, and came up with a few more I liked – though not many, for all that searching. I tend to like more peaceful and beautiful ones.

    If you have any more Celtic songs you like, instrumental or in Gaelic, and if you’re able to list a couple, I’d love to know what they are! πŸ˜€ (But if not, that’s okay!) I need more beautiful Celtic fiddle music, too, especially ones that sound like my stories. I have one amazing Celtic fiddle album I adore – by my classical violin and fiddle teacher’s family band – and it inspires me so much for my novel, but that’s the only one.

    So that’s been really fun! Thanks for getting me started with that, and for linking to that awesome song!


    1. Aw, I’m so glad! It’s so fun to share music with other people.

      Ack, that’s super awesome! So glad you loved it! I really liked their singing style and the sound of the song. They have a couple other good ones you might like too. The one I can think of off the top of my head right now is The Parting Glass. Wow, that sounds so amazing! I’ve enjoyed other Julie Fowlis songs I’ve run across too, though I’m always a little scared to recommend something in another language because I can’t be sure what it’s about. XD

      Yes, they’re usually quite energetic, aren’t they? πŸ˜‰

      Some instrumentals I love are “Fierce” by the band Rising Gael (though it is really, really energetic) and Taylor Davis’s cover of the Braveheart Theme. (And whether or not you watch/read LOTR, all of her music from that is beautiful and inspiring. πŸ˜‰ ) I don’t have a lot more of songs in Gaelic that I can recommend right now, but if I find more I’ll squeal about them. πŸ˜‰

      You’re welcome! This is super fun. πŸ˜€ And good luck with your story! Just curious–are you writing something Gaelic inspired? There’s an amazing TedTalk on the Irish language that you might enjoy for that. πŸ˜‰


  3. I’ll have to listen to these! πŸ˜‰

    When I write, I like to listen to a genre I think is called epica. It’s like epic music, and there are no words, though sometimes vocals. This kind of music pretty iffy, because some of it is too tech-ey, and others are too heavy on the bass or dark or something. So albums tend to be hit-or-miss with songs we like. But once we find them, it’s super awesome. πŸ˜‰

    Also, I would recommend checking out more of Taylor Davis’s music! She has 2 albums of music written by her. One is called Taylor Davis, and the other is called Odyssey. You might find some more songs you like! πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. That’s awesome! I like PianoGuys kinda of for that reason. What are some of your favorites?

      Eeep! Thanks! I love her music. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve listened through her entire YouTube backlist, but I should check those out just to be sure. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I listen to instrumental music when I write, read, and do school, because it helps block out noise. I like having a variety of musicβ€”different instruments, different styles (slow, dramatic, livelier…)

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