Playlist Muses

Monday, March 21, 2011

Music helps get my creative juices flowing. Sometimes, a scene will be completely based on a song that I have heard. Driving to work (when I used to work), on the way to the grocery store or the pediatricians office, I can hear a song that inspires an entire little movie in my head. In fact Mortal Obligation started out in just this manner. A song inspired a scene in my head and it spiraled from there. I had to know how it started, and how it ended. I. Had. To. Know.

So, here are the songs that inspire scenes in my book. (The list below is in no particular order. Just the random songs that go with the book.) There are also songs the represent certain characters, and the tensions that play throughout the novel.

This is the song that started it all:
Imaginary by Evanescence

It's Not My Time by 3 Doors Down
Untouched by The Veronicas
Knights of Cydonia by Muse (Over all Theme)
All Around Me by Flyleaf
Whispers in the Dark by Skillet
You Are the One by Shiny Toy Guns
Hysteria by Muse
Falling into You by Jem (Romantic Tension)
Sleep by My Chemical Romance
Hand of Sorrow by Within Temptation
Never Alone by BarlowGirl
Hero by Skillet
Better by Plumb (Over all book theme)
Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
Good Enough by Evanescence
Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace
Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Make You Feel My Love by Adele (Romantic Tension)
Comatose by Skillet
Running Out of Time by Muse
Jillian by Within Temptation
The Only One by Evanescence
Awake and Alive by Skillet
Our Solemn Hour by Within Temptaition

Some of my friends from my Writing Group (*Hi Guys*), are also listing their playlist for their Work In Progress. Head on over and check their selections out. (I think it is funny that we all have similar songs.)

VK Tremain (These lovely ladies have their playlist on the side of their blog.)
Bat Country
Some Sharp Words
The Bookish Snob: Writings of a Dreamer
The Musings of M.D. Christie (Includes a link to her playlist)
Spell Checked by C.G. Powell (Another technically savvy lady with her playlist set up as part of her blog.)

Do you have a song that inspires you? I'd love to hear about it- I am always looking for new writing music.


  1. Thanks for adding my play list "in the end blaring in the background".

  2. It is funny how we all have very similar tastes. With some of the groups there is a definite theme. :-)

  3. Almost like we sit around chatting about things like music and writing. ;) Nice playlist. My iTunes bill just went up again...

  4. I love your song that started it all! Evanescence is an amazing group! Amy Jo is so very soulful! I look forward to reading Mortal Obligation and seeing how Imaginary inspired you! :) Thanks for the link!

  5. Great playlist Nichole!! I can't wait to read the book inspired by these great songs!! I still have to know about the dark shadow...

  6. I don't have a playlist, but I have to have some white noise in the background. Either I play the Ipod, radio, or TV. You have a great one! I write for two-three hours a time and my playlist would drive me crazy playing over and over. I'd have to have a looooooong one:)


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