Like many writers there are times when I just can’t find the words. Everything I write is absolute rubbish with a capital R. When I find myself in this pit I also find it extremely difficult to get out of.
My worst bout went on for a few weeks. I finally found what I wanted when I was out walking by myself one day. I was thinking about my book and the problem that I was facing and the answer just hit me. That was a good day. That night I was back to where I wanted to be. Writing.
I don’t want to experience that again. What writer does? So, I found my muse. Something that helps me to stop writers block before it starts.
Every night I listen to a song before I start writing. Sometimes the words or the tune reflect the mood in my writing at the time. Other times they just relax me and get me in the right head-space for writing. Either way I have found it extremely helpful. I’m not saying that it works 100% of the time but it has certainly made a big difference.
I started tweeting ‘The Song before the Words’ most nights with a link to the song that I was listening to. I don’t know if it will help any of you at all but if it only helps one person then that is a good thing.
So here is my list of the songs that I have listened to in the past few months in the minutes before I start writing. I don’t listen to a new song every night, I stick with the one that I am currently using at that time so the list is not huge! If you click on the title of the song it will take you to youtube where you can listen to it, if you want!
‘Human’ by Christina Perri.
‘A Drop in the Ocean‘ by Ron Pope
‘Sad Romance‘ by Ji PyeongKeyon (This is a beautiful violin piece)
‘Let Her Go‘ by Passenger
‘Say Something‘ by A Great Big World ft Christina Aguilera (This one I listen to for the violin piece at the end)
‘Love’s to Blame‘ by Joel and Luke (this is a heart breaker!)
‘A Reason to Hope‘ by Ron Pope
‘All of Me‘ Tiesto remix by John Legend (Way more upbeat!)
‘Solace‘ by Runaground
‘Fall at your Feet‘ by Crowded House
‘Shelter‘ by Birdy
‘Wait for Me‘ by Kings of Leon
I may have forgotten one or two but there they are. They vary in style but I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! If you have a song that you think helps I would love to hear it!