Favorite Soundtracks for Writing

Writing basically requires music. I find it so much easier to get words on the page when I’m listening to a wonderful soundtrack. Here’s a few of my faves.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Can we just acknowledge that Klaus Badelt is AMAZING? I love this soundtrack so so so much.

2. Doctor Who

This soundtrack, composed mostly by Murray Gold, is just as good as the show itself. Especially seasons 5 and 7. “The Long Song” is beautiful.

3. The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2

James Newton Howard is a fantastic composer with multiple soundtracks to his name. I’ve only recently fallen in love with these, but they’re stunning. And the Rebel remix of “The Hanging Tree” is the perfect morning perk-me-up.

4. Maleficent

Another James Newton Howard. It’s mysterious, dark, and also pleasant right when it needs to be. It’s perfect, since it covers all aspects of writing: the intense scenes, the downtime, and even those romantic scenes that are such fun.

5. La Légende du Roi Arthur

This is a French musical, so it has words. But even so, I’m pretty sure I wrote a good deal of Captain Guinevere with this soundtrack. 


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