Music to write for the muse by:

So here we are facing a blank word document, the words are waiting to tumble from the brain to the hand and then to the screen.  As with any good writing session it is late, the curtains are drawn and the din of everyday life is reduced to a comfortable silence as the world slips into a collective slumber to rest and recuperate but not me. No, this is my time.  Late at night, when the world is sleeping and finally there is enough calm and serenity as the night muffles out the last few sounds that indicate I am not the only and last living soul in this universe is the most productive time for me creatively.

Sometimes I must admit I like to write in silence, only the clunk of the keyboard and the whirling of my brain filling the silence. But more often than not I like to have I-tunes open and some music gently filling the empty aura.  What I listen to depends very much on my mood, sometimes its a pumping, banging metal collection, other times its a bit of classical or opera. Most of the time though I have a selection play list that are filled with my hippy no-lyrics or unobtrusive lyrics playing. Fairport convention, Simon and Garfunkel, Enya, Loreena Mckennit, Buena Vista social club and Van Morrison are some of the bands on the list. The reason this play list is my favourite is simply because I love to sing and if the lyrics are too rousing or ‘sing-along’ songs, I end up getting lost in the music rather than getting lost in the haze of the Muse’s inspiration.

Tonight I’m feeling pretty chilled so no old school Metallica, Evanescence or Sex pistols for me. Tool, Linkin Park &  Rage against the Machine will have to be my inspiration for days when I want to write more frantically and aggressively. For now though I sign off ready for a gentle frenzy as I go crazy for creativeness.

Perhaps you too have different selections of music or albums you like listening too for different writing moods. Or do you ‘enjoy the silence’?

Whatever your preference I hope you are both creative and chilled tonight.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: Connect with her on Linked in at: Follow her on Twitter: Follow her on Goodreads: )O(
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4 Responses to Music to write for the muse by:

  1. aynfean says:

    I can’t write in silence, it makes me all anxious and stuff.

    My go-to writing music is the Lord of the Rings soundrack 😀

  2. vcwillow says:

    The Lord of the Rings soundtracks are also two of my go to albums, strangely on the line of soundtracks so is Shawshank redemption. One of my all time favourite soundtracks has to be The Piano although it is quite tumultuous so I do find myself getting lost in the moment when I listen to it. It’s good for writing about loss and being torn in a no win situation though. Ohh I feel the need for a soundtrack writing session coming on. Best wishes Aynfean

  3. Selfmanic says:

    I put on Rock or folk most of the time. I have a Pandora station called “Raise Against” that I love. I constantly have something going in the background, if not music then a Jane Austin movie. Their sound tracks tend to be lovely.

  4. sometimes the silence of the nght is what i need and i don’t notice i forgot t put on my walkman mp3. when i do have music on in my head i put the wakman on shuffle/repeat and i get such a variety from classical to adele, josh groban to lady antebellum or rascal flattsto tom waits. the choices are only mine when i choose the first song to start out with, once the sounds echo in my head then the muse starts serving up desert and the writing begins. i like te night best of all. no vibes out there in the spaces surrounding my world. just nature. so many projects to work on. it fees good to write, i feel that i can never get enough.

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