“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."


Playlist

When I write, I love to listen to music. It honestly inspires me when I have writer's block. However, most of it is...hem hem...soundtrack music or music that doesn't have words. For some reason it helps me picture the imaginary and magical world I'm trying to create. Then again, a lot of the time I listen to something completely different (I told you I was an odd one). With this music, I paint this place in my head and I play out the parts as I write it down on paper or type it (whichever mood I'm in).

Lyrics can really make an impact, but when you listen to a lot of the songs I've listed - the emotions run deeper and you really use your imagination. It takes you out of reality and into a fantasy fiction world...somewhere where I wish I could spend all my time.

It helps. And this will always be my method.

Some of my favorites: 

  • The Princess Bride by M. Knopfler 
  • Braveheart by J. Horner
  • Legends of the Fall: The Ludlows by J. Horner
  • Dragonheart by R. Edelman
  • You Are the Pan by John Williams
  • Enchantment by Yanni 
  • Caribbean Blue by Enya 
  • Bella's Lullaby by Carter Burwell
  • Theme from Romeo & Juliet by Andre Rieu 
  • Lena by Rachel Portman
  • Hymn to the Sea by James Horner
  • Across the Stars by John Williams
  • Exploring the Forest by James Horner
  • There's No Place Like Home by Michael Giacchino 
  • River Flows in You by Yiruma 
  • Kathleen's Song by Ray Lynch 
  • Main Titles by Rachel Portman 
  • One Day by Hans Zimmer
  • Mermaids by Hans Zimmer 
  • The Sand Volcano by Jerry Goldsmith 
  • Becoming One of "The People" Becoming One with Neytiri by James Horner
  • Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore 
  • Into the West by Howard Shore
  • Can't Take It In by Imogen Heap 
  • Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor 
  • Remember Me by Josh Groban 
  • Now We Are Free by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard 
  • Clocks by Coldplay
  • The Journey by X-Ray Dog
  • Time by Hans Zimmer 
  • Walking In the Air by Celtic Woman
  • May It Be by Celtic Woman 
  • Johanna by Jamie Campbell Bower
  • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again by Andrew Lloyd Webber 
  • Hedwig's Theme by John Williams
  • Fawkes Is Reborn by John Williams 
  • Farewell Aragog by Nicholas Hooper
  • Dumbledore's Farewell by Nicholas Hooper
  • The Friends by Nicholas Hooper 
  • Farewell to Dobby bye Alexandre Desplat 
  • Godric's Hollow Graveyard by Alexandre Desplat 
  • The Resurrection Stone by Alexandre Desplat 
  • Severus and Lily by Alexandre Desplat 
  • Main Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams 
  • Awakening of Spring by Zbigniew Preisner 
  • Winter Light by Linda Ronstadt
  • An American Quilt by Thomas Newman 
  • The Diver by Thomas Newman 
  • The Ballad of the Windfish by Fox Amoore 
  • Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocellii & Sarah Brightman 
  • Bethany's Wave by Marco Beltrami 
  • Destiny by Harry Gregson-Williams 
  • Planet Earth Forever by Jo Blankenburg
Now besides those "soothing songs," I do like to listen to other types of genres when writing. 
Some of my favorites (artists & albums):

*Mind you I love many other artists - this is mainly for writing* 

[A lot of my characters have personalities that fit in with songs by these artists. When I write them or a situation, I put these songs on repeat and write away]
  • Muse
  • Sia
  • Keane 
  • OneRepublic 
  • Thriving Glory 
  • Les Miserables Original Cast
  • Owl City 
  • Sky Sailing
  • Eisley
  • Jack's Mannequin
  • Anberlin 
  • Adele
  • Avril Lavigne 
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Tim McGraw
  • Taylor Swift
  • Plumb
  • Hayley Westenra
  • The Beatles
  • Acceptance
  • Shiny Toy Guns
  • Glee Cast
  • Evanescence 
  • Bryan Adams
  • Angels & Airwaves
  • Beckah Shae
  • Secondhand Serenade
  • Imogen Heap
  • John Denver
  • Kate Voegele 
  • Band of Horses
  • Hey Monday
  • Daniel Bedingfield