I find that listening to music is one of the best ways to transport my mind into my fantasy world and get me motivated for writing. So I thought it would be fun to share some of the songs I listened to whilst writing and editing my first book!
I hope you enjoy!
Songs which transport me back to my fantasy world:
My world is based on Scotland and Scottish folklore / mythology so a lot of these songs have a very “Celtic” sound to them, lots of bagpipes, violins and drums!
- The Gravel Road – James Newton Howard (The Village)
- Opening – Craig Armstrong (Far From the Madding Crowd)
- Bonnie at Morn – Mikolai Stroinski
- The Tree When we Sat Once – Mikolai Stroinski
- The Kiss – Trevor Jones (Last of the Mohicans)
- The Marriage Contract – Bear McCreary (Outlander)
- The Vikings – Ronan Hardiman
These are some of the songs which I listened to whilst writing scenes that were emotional or when bad things happened. It can be hard to get yourself feeling as sad as your characters, so I find that music really helps.
- The Losing Side of History – Bear McCreary (Outlander)
- People Disappear All The Time – Bear McCreary (Outlander)
- Courtyard Apocalypse – Alexandre Desplat (Harry potter)
- Time – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
- Nothing Else Matters – Apocalyptica
- The Women of Balnain – Bear McCreary & Gilliebride Macmillan (Outlander)
- Leaving the Docks – Zbigniew Preisner (The Secret Garden)
Good Background Songs
These are songs which I love, but are also simple enough that they fade into the background when you are writing scenes need a lot of thought. I usually listen to these on repeat.
- Journey to Kattegat – Trevor Morris (Vikings)
- You Shouldn’t Walk in the Shadows – James Newton Howard (The Huntsman:Winters War)
- A Lannister Always Pays His Debts – Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones)
- The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
- Mrs Fitz- Bear McCreary (Outlander)
- Lord of the Isles – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
I find that when writing dramatic scenes I need to focus and so can’t listen to music, but when I do it is usually these songs. Or sometimes I will listen to dramatic music to get me in the zone and help me plan before I start writing.
- Land of Shadows – Audiomachine
- Axios – Nathan Lanier
- Arrival To Earth – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers)
- Hear Me Roar – Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones)
- Moving Mountains – Thomas Bergersen
- Guardians at the Gate – Audiomachine
These are songs from my playlist which actually have lyrics and so there aren’t many of them. Stripped I found from a Black Sails fan video, and I especially love the Game of Thrones remix!
- Stripped – Shiny Toy Guns
- Scarborough Fair – Celtic Women
- Helvegen – Wardruna
- Run Boy Run – Woodkid
- La Valse d’Amélie (version piano) – Yann Tiersen (Amelie from Montmartre)
- The Son of Fire (GoT S3 remix) – Melodysheep
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you maybe found some new songs to add to your own playlists! I find a lot of music in Sarah J Maas’s playlists so I will leave a link to those here!
Let me know some of the songs which motivate you to write!