I've been changing a lot lately. One of the biggest changes I've experienced is my appreciation for music. I'll admit, I'm the type of girl who listens to her favourite songs over, and over, and over, and over... I've been trying to quit that habit, I've added a lot of various artists to my daily playlists... (I no longer only play Taylor Swift on repeat!)
I've also previously been unable to listen to music whilst writing, because I would always somehow end up typing out the lyrics I was hearing. I've gotten past that. Now music is a crucial part of my writing sessions.
Mostly, I listen to an assortment of relaxation/yoga/rainforest sounds playlists on Spotify, but here's a list of the 9 tracks that have been the most influential for me and my writing:
HER - MAJID JORDAN
This is a song that I've been listening to as I do re-reads.
EMBRACE YOUR SOUL - INNER VOICE
There's something about this track that always seems to get my creative juices flowing.
NEW YEARS DAY - TAYLOR SWIFT
A track list created by me wouldn't be complete without some Tay-Tay. NYD is a song that makes me think of new love, hope and overcoming your past; themes that are all present in The Grey.
EVENING MANTRA - WILMA HARRODS
This beautiful tune has helped me with at least four chapters.
LIKE TO BE YOU - SHAWN MENDES FEAT. JULIA MICHAELS
I've got a soft spot for Shawn Mendes. This track with Julia Michaels has been a song that's helped me write a few 'couple' scenes.
FIGHT SONG (SLEEP VERSION) - SAFARI
It may be a sleep song, but this song actually keeps me up. It makes me think of laying in a bed, listening to the soothing laughter of someone that you love.
AUTUMNAL - BYREN
This song had the most influence on me after I watched the video clip; all of a sudden I had 30k words down.
SUNDAY MORNING - MAROON 5
My best friend Beth mentioned this song to me only a few days ago, now I can't get it out of my head and it's helped me fine tune a chapter I'd really struggled with.
WILDEST DREAMS - TAYLOR SWIFT
If I had to choose a song to describe my favourite relationship in The Grey, it would be this.
I love each of these 9 songs for the inspiration they've provided me as I write The Grey. I've put them into a playlist, just in case you want to have a listen and see if you feel inspired too.