My Favourites: My Writing Playlist

Warner Bros. 2016

Warner Bros. 2016

I love music. It’s one of my great loves along with books. It doesn’t take long after a song I like comes on before I am tapping my foot, singing  under my breath or if I’m alone in the house or in my car full on singing and belting it out.

Music is also a big part of my writing routine. I’m not one of these people who can write in silence. Being in silence reminds me of exams and I hated exams. I’d always be worried that I’d say something to myself out loud, embarrass myself et cetera so I don’t have great associated memories.

Writing with music playing calms me down, makes me smile and helps me to focus on the job at hand. Now onto my playlists. I debated whether to share my taste in music (as some of it is very questionable,) but here goes.

Listening to music has been made so much easier with Apple Music and Spotify. As I said, my music taste is a little bit strange. Its full of all sorts of songs (plenty of them cheesy, you know the embarrassing kind.) My iPod and playlists are full of those songs you can’t help but love but are quick to skip over if there are people with you. You know what ones I mean.

When I’m writing, I like songs and albums that will either make me happy or chill me out. I find music a little bit less distracting than TV box sets (although that doesn’t stop me playing back to back episodes of Gilmore Girls.)

Atlantic, 2015

Atlantic, 2015


EMI, 1965

Ed Sheeran’s + album features quite a bit as does Idina Menzel’s new album. I am liking that one a lot.

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake also raises my mood. Then there are the bands I like such as Take That, Lifehouse, Dave Matthews Band, Train and Matchbox 20. I really do love Rob Thomas.

I also can’t have a writing playlist without The Beatles featuring somewhere. The Rubber Soul and Help albums especially.

Then there is the full on Pop section. Ellie Goulding’s Still Falling for You, Forever is Over by the Saturdays or The Loving Kind by Girls Aloud. Paramore and Ain’t it Fun is on my list. I can’t not dance to that one. Taylor Swift is also in there. Most of it are songs I can sing badly with. Also I can’t believe I am admitting this, but there are even some songs from the Glee albums. Yes, I know!

Virgin EMI, 2014

Virgin EMI, 2014

Looking at my playlist, it’s surprising how many songs come from TV show and film soundtracks.

I tend to like to write to songs that make me happy. Being happy makes me smile as it motivates me much better than silence does.

What songs was motivate you?


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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