Does Music Inspire Your Writing or Take You Away From It

Does Music Inspire Your Writing or Take You Away From It

by Veronica Forand

I love listening to music. Everything. Classical, classic rock, pop, country, rhythm and blues. When I write, however, silence is a must. Music pumps out emotions and each one, whether love, regret, anger, or contentment affects me and my writing even when I don’t want those emotions in the scene I’m writing.

On the other hand, I’ve been known to take music breaks and listen to a few songs to put the emotion into my soul and let it seep onto the pages.

Here are a few go to songs:


The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy


Luke Bryan – Drink A Beer

Johnny Cash – Hurt HD 720p

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Official Video)

Music is powerful. The best music can take an entire stadium of cheering fans into silence. Use it to make you feel better when you’re down, or to just chill out and think about those who have touched our lives in some special way.

Rock on!


  1. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    Nice post. I can have it on, or not. If I’m deep into a scene, the music will blend into the background and I won’t even hear it. But I tend to pick specific genres to fit with what I’m writing, or maybe what my characters would be listening to.

  2. I love music, it takes me back to childhood in an instant. I think there are probably times when it can be distracting – if it’s music from a playlist for a story, I’m all over that – it helps with the writing. These are great songs Veronica. 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  3. I can’t write without music… I always make playlists on Spotify for every writing project I work on. Every playlist has a red thread that connects the songs, usually it’s whatever the mood is of the novel or novella I’m writing.

  4. I’m a silent girl too. Plotting I can do with music, but for words on pages, I need quiet. 🙂

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