Mix Music With Your Writing! by Olivia Marcum

Mix Music With Your Writing!
by Olivia Marcum

Recently, I read an article from a website called Creative Review which features quotes by famous director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino talking about how he often turns to music to find inspiration for his writing. Instantly, gears were churning in my mind, and I realized that I could try this method out as well to see if I came up with ideas during my weekly session of brainstorming that I probably wouldn’t have had it not been for the addition of auditory stimuli.

Among the many revelations I experienced after using Tarantino’s approach,  the most significant was perhaps that the music helped me immerse myself in the distinctive atmosphere that it creates. I found it much easier to imagine the world that I wanted to write about and remember to consider its unique textures and feel. Now, having tested out this approach, I strongly encourage my readers to do the same (even if writing isn’t something you would consider a hobby). Take this idea, and use it in a way that most fits you.

As an example of what a playlist for your writing might look like, I have included one of my own (and I don’t necessarily always play them in the same order):


All of Me-Billie Holiday

Day is Done-Nick Drake

Hound Dog-Big Mamma Thornton

Something’s Got a Hold on Me-Etta James

Since I’ve Been Loving You (live at Monterey Pop Festival)-Otis Redding

Tell Him-Esperanza Spalding

In Between Days-The Cure

Lovesong-The Cure

Way to Blue-Nick Drake

Waltz Op. 64 no. 2-Frédéric Chopin

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