Picture this: You’re writing. Everything is flowing perfectly, your characters are all behaving, and all is going to plan until… BAM… You hit that wall. Again.
Our answer: Music.
The most obvious way to do this is to just stick some music on. Find some music that captures the vibes of the scene – or even book – that you’re writing. I have an individual playlist for everything I’m working on, some of which can be found below.
Another way to use music as a writing tool is to use songs as a prompt. All songs tell a story, just like your book. While I’m not suggesting that you steal lyrics directly from the artist, songs are open to interpretation. Applying the lyrics to your characters can be a good way to work out where they might go next. I know one of the English classes at my school had to write a poem based on a song for their GCSEs, and a lot of them really enjoyed it. Anything that helps you explore your work doesn’t count as procrastination, right?
Any mention of the word “sing” and you’ll be met with a barrage of “but I can’t siiiing”s. Despite that, I still recommend it for beating your writer’s block. I’m not saying that you have to go up against Beyoncé – you don’t even have to rival a screeching cat – but just the action of singing can reduce stress and lower your blood pressure, according to numerous studies [ 1 2 3 ]. Regardless of being blocked, I think we could all do with a little stress reduction. Whether it’s alone or with a local choir, it can’t do any harm. If you want to find a local choir, this list is a good place to start.
If you’re curious, the soundtrack to this post was Liability by Lorde. Ironically, I was blocked on writing it for almost a year, it just too making another writing playlist to remind me to get back here.
Our writing playlists:
Fate – G J Bosticco:
Battlefields – Lydia Heyes:
Necrosis – Gabriella Jayne Bosticco & Hannah Fortey: