Writing is 1% writing, 1% staring into space, and 98% doing little errands to “prepare” for writing. My favourite method of not writing is to compose a very specific playlist to “soundtrack” the thing that I’m writing. If you go hunting for the right music to write to, sorry, I’ve just ruined your excuse: here is Lifehacker’s four-hour playlist of writing music.
Pulling from Lifehacker staff suggestions, my own library, and playlists from Writer’s Digest and the Why Not 100, this is a distillation of the best music about writing, songwriting, authors, books, and the occasional letter. Listen to it while you write anything at all.
A couple of songs are missing from Spotify’s library, including Joanna Newsom’s “Inflammatory Writ” and Spoon’s “The Book I Write.” So download those two essentials on your own.
And with visuals, or at least album covers:
I am the future Youtube Playlist
OK, what great writing songs did we leave out? We’re ready for rewrites.