My Writing Ritual Playlist

In order to create what you love, you need to be your very best mentally, physically, and emotionally. You need to eat the right foods, get exercise, and get at least seven to eight of hours a sleep a night. That’s a given. The old stories of writers living off of whiskey, cigarettes, and two minutes sleep are as long dead as the writers themselves no matter how powerful the works were that they left behind. We need to take care of the engine in order to run the train.

Our habits help this process. Get yourself into the right frame of mind, and you not only get your conscious mind in the right groove but more importantly you get your unconscious mind running good as well, which is the wellspring of your creativity and ideas.

I made a playlist for my routine. Songs evoke our emotions and our memory. That’s why there are such things as happy and sad songs. This means they are perfect triggers. Once you create a habit with a song, play it and your mind will begin to do the work to for you. Also, a playlist is great because it’s portable. No more will you be shackled to an outside environment. Click the play button and you can write anywhere you want.

This is my playlist:

The specifics are not important. You should craft the playlist to your own tastes, but remember to craft it to the purpose it serves. Have a fun track to remind you that this is a type of play, creating worlds from words. Make it childish, like my track one. Have a prep track where you’re still milling around online, like my track two. You can write with any music you like, but I would recommend something without lyrics (your unconscious mind speaks in poetry; listen to it). Then have a cool down track. Then a journaling track. Whatever you want. Be creative and fun! And finally, at the end, have a happy track again to remind you that you did a good job.

Do this often enough and it may even help you through a dry spell, the dreaded writer’s block. Either way, play your playlist through thick and thin, and it’ll supply you with the right motivation.

Here’s a break down of my tracks and their purpose:

Happy to be alive and doing what I love track:

Track 1. Little Plastic Castle by Ani Difranco

Getting ready to write track:

Track 2. Echo by Joe Satriani

Freewriting track:

Track 3. Versperae Solennes De Confessore, K 339- Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Writing track:

Track 4. Red Noise by Sound Dreamer

Release track:

Track 5. Venus Movement by Gustav Holst

Reflection and Journaling of Kudos and Progress Made track:

Track 6. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

Writing Mojo track:

Track 7. Advice from Stephen King

Happy to be alive and doing what I love track:

Track 8. That’s Some Dream by Good Old War

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P.s. check out this awesome podcast episode of Conversations with Tom featuring Chase Jarvis HERE! It’s a great episode about creativity.

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