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19 Songs to Jumpstart Your Creativity

So to me, my writing is only as good as the playlist I listen to while I’m writing. Is anyone else like that? I need something playing in my head, on repeat, consuming my focus. I crave it. That white-noise that’s constant in the background, or the pitter-patter of my keys typing? That allows me to be so easily distracted; I can hear the worlds' sounds, or my dog sniffing underneath my door. Those little pauses totally obliterate my concentration.

For each of my stories, my playlist changes. I can’t listen to the same ten songs on repeat for five novels—that would be kind of weird, unless they were some really amazing songs—and my taste in music is constantly changing. So here are a few of the songs from my playlist for the current novel I’m working on, songs that inspire scenes and songs that play as background music in scenes. They’re in no particular order, and I hope they're as encouraging to you as they are to me.

  1. “Dream” Priscilla Ahn

  2. “You Could Be Happy” Snow Patrol

  3. “Lose My Mind (Acoustic)” Dean Lewis

  4. “A Drop in the Ocean” Ron Pope

  5. “Angeles” Peter Bradley Adams

  6. “Doin Fine” Lauren Alaina

  7. “Losing Sleep” Chris Young

  8. “Hooked” Dylan Scott

  9. “A Change of Heart” The 1975

  10. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” Sleeping At Last

  11. “America’s Sweetheart” Elle King

  12. “Break My Heart” Hey Violet

  13. “No Surprise” Daughtry

  14. “One Foot” Walk the Moon

  15. “Poison and Wine” The Civil Wars

  16. “Robbers” The 1975

  17. “Turning Page” Sleeping At Last

  18. “Used to Love You Sober” Kane Brown

  19. “Young” The Chainsmokers

It’s a mix of genres, and I’m still adding songs to the list as I come across them, songs that fit with the mood of the story. I'll update more as I go along and discover new songs. It’s kind of fun, trying to imagine my characters in each song, what they’re doing, where they’re doing it at. It gives me a great insight into their minds, and what they might be thinking.

Do you have some similar songs on your list? Songs that are totally different? Let me know in the comments what kind of songs you enjoy listening to when you’re writing!

Over and out,

Sarah Sutton

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