Hey everyone! Welcome back to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you’re back, here to check out the next in my ways of getting myself in the writing zone.
It’s NaNoWriMo this month, which means a ton of writers are sitting down and forcing themselves to knock out a 50,000 word book in a month that also happens to contain a pretty big holiday (if you're in the States, that is). It’s hard. It’s not something I’ve participated it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give you some pointers for getting yourself in the zone—whether you’re writing a book this month or just writing like you usually do.
#2: Epic Music
To be more specific, Two Steps from Hell and Future World Music, because they’re my favorites and I love them.
While Tuesday was all about finding a background that helps you focus and get yourself into the zone, today is all about finding the soundtrack to what you’re writing—which is why I’ve chosen two different artists for you to check out.
For me, writing is really easy, especially if I can find music that perfectly matches the scenes I’m working on at the moment. Which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds, let me tell you.
I need epic music, music with no English lyrics or no lyrics at all, and music that flows like the score to my favorite films. Which is why I always recommend epic music, because it is, essentially, soundtrack music. It’s really trailer music, or rather, it’s a lot of the music you’ll hear in the previews for movies and television shows.
And a lot of it is absolutely amazing, and available online. Two Steps even has a lot of their albums available for listening on YouTube, if you don’t feel like purchasing that much music. Me, I love them so much that I don’t even bother to sample the music before I but their albums anymore. Whatever Two Steps releases, you better know I own it.
See, for me, epic music is the soundtrack to what I’m writing right now. Because of that, I’m better able to visualize what I’m writing, which helps immensely in writing it down and making sure my readers see things the same way I do. I don’t want anyone to be in the dark about what I’m writing, what I’m seeing when I write. Epic music helps with that.
The two artists I’ve given you, Two Steps from Hell and Future World Music, are the two that I listen to the most.
If you’re wanting to write something epic, something fantasy, something very deep within this genre, I’d highly recommend Two Steps from Hell's repertoire.
If, however, you’re writing a space opera, something very sci-fi, very techy, or very introspective, you need to check out Future World Music's latest albums.
Different artists work better for different moods, different stories, and different genres. Obviously, I can’t tell you what to listen to while you’re writing an Amish romance, because I don't write Amish romance, but I can tell you what I know.
These two artists don’t disappoint. Ever.