For as long as I can remember my dad has been breaking out the air guitar and embarrassing the crap out of me. Not really, he’s actually pretty skilled when it comes to plucking imaginary strings. A teen of the 70s, he’s a big time rock music enthusiast. Both my parents are. My house has always been rife with the sound of Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, T-Rex and Joni Mitchell.

I love music. Always have. Bit of trivia for you: I’m vocally trained and my party trick is belting out Black Velvet on the Karaoke…anyway, where was I? Music; one of my favorite sources of inspiration.

So, my first real, independent from my parents, affair with music happened when I was 14 and my boyfriend introduced me to the head-thrashing-black-lipstick-wearing world of Maggot rock. The first CD I ever bought was Korn’s Follow the Leader and I listened to it until the rainbow-shiny surface rubbed clean away. Issue strewn lyrics, man, they’re some of the best. I embraced maggot rock for a good six years of my life (totally wore black and got piercings, too). I absolutely loved the heartbreak and raw emotion in every song. I also quite liked the fact that these guys could swear to a beat 😉


Some songs improve my vocabulary and expand my imagination. Queen, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, David Bowie, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Regina Spektor are some of my best world building buddies.

Some songs help me set the mood. Christina Perri, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Eva Cassidy, Evanescence, Paolo Nutini and A Fine Frenzy helped me write the kissing scenes in In Stone. Another sliver of trivia: I used to be notoriously bad at writing kissing scenes until it hit home that people weren’t actually judging my kissing technique on the way my characters kiss 😉

Some songs help me increase the pace of a scene. Girl in a Coma, Korn, Paramore, Mad Marge and the Stonecutters, The Courtneers, Muse, Suzi Quatro and the Arctic Monkeys. These guys are like my kick-ass soundtrack for when scenes get ragey…

Bach, Andrea Bocelli, Coldplay, Editors, Jimmy Eat World, Mumford & Sons, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Snow Patrol… these guys help me slow the pace….right….downnn.

Eclectic mix, right? These are just a few of the guys and girls that get my creative juices flowing. The more I think about this post the more I’m conflicted as to whether it’s lyrics or rhythm that inspire me more. I think both.

So, have you listened to anything lately that just made you want to write?

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About bookishblurb

YA writer. Jedi. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

13 responses »

  1. sugaropal says:

    Well, as you will see if you visit my post this week, I needed music to help me write. And I’ve used it in the past as well, for instance to get my 17 year old male mojo POV to function 😉 I liked everything about your post except for,you know, the word “monkeys”.

  2. I think we have very similar musical tastes! I can listen to All Along the Watchtower over and over again. I have a playlist with the Jimi, Dave Mathews and Battlestar Gallactica versions for my fight scenes in my WIPs!

  3. I can’t write while music is playing, but I usually have a playlist I play to death when the story is brewing. If I had to pick one U2 is hands down the most story-inspiring for me…

  4. Kate Frost says:

    Music can definitely help create a mood and influence our writing. I love the variety of music you listen to and the way in which they help you get the tone of your writing right.

  5. jennagines says:

    I’ve been needing a list of “to write to” music and this is the coolest post on music ever. I’m so music deficient. I really needed this!

    For this WIP I listen to Muse a lot and Crimson Tide soundtrack.

    P.S. Dude, your book cover rocks and Jack sounds so cool! On my TBR pile!

    • bookishblurb says:

      I was worried it got a bit list-y, but I just love music. And I could listen to Muse until my ears bleed! Also… Oh wow! Thanks so much, Jenna!!!! Glad you like my cover. I can’t wait for you to read ❤

  6. Kate Michael says:

    Nice post! Korn is my ultimate “go to” music for many of my scenes. I could listen to them forever. Disturbed, Nine Inch Nails, yeah. My dad and his music? The soundtrack to Forrest Gump reminds me of him, lol. Lisa Gerrard and Loreena McKennitt inspire me as well.

  7. I’ve been writing to a lot of Mumford and Sons while writing lately! Love those boys! 🙂

  8. When do we get to hear you sing? 😀
    Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance is one of my favorite songs. It’s so haunting and emotional. It definitely inspires me when I want something on the darker side.

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