Music + Writing

I've been listening to my Lifehouse playlist on Spotify lately, and I'm on an album that gives me a lot of feelings about my first original writing project because it came out while I was knee-deep in that project, and it got me to wondering about how other authors relate music to their writing.

I'm not much of an actual playlist person (all of my playlists on Spotify are literally just one playlist for each favorite artist with all of their albums so I can listen to them all back to back lol), I can't write to music with lyrics because I get too distracted by the lyrics, but I have a lot of songs that relate to my various original works. The entirety of Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires album is essentially the soundtrack for The Only One (the song "New York" especially) while "This Love" by Taylor Swift is what I would want Richard and Piper's theme to be if it were to ever become a movie. No Safe Place/Finding Home Again have songs from several artists associated with them, probably because I spent several years writing stories for it, so there were many albums and artists that came out during that time that inspired me (Lifehouse, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Florence and the Machine, The Fray, Mumford and Sons, some I'm likely forgetting).

Most of the songs have to do with various relationships, usually the romantic ones, sometimes with certain characters, and I have written scenes based on songs before. (Or entire stories, during my more prolific fanfiction writing days; Snow Patrol and Florence and the Machine are deeply inspiring for Doctor Who fic.) Sometimes I wish I could specify somewhere, "listen to this song during or after reading this scene" because it so heavily influenced the scene, or it just resonates very deeply with it.

And I wonder, do other authors do the same thing? Do they have songs connected to the relationships and characters they write? Are some scenes inspired by certain songs, or even entire stories? Do other authors come up with soundtracks for their books, for daydreaming if it were to become a movie? Feel free to sound off in the comments with your thoughts!



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