When I write, a big thing for me is that I absolutely cannot have any lyrics to the music. I suspect this is pretty common for writers—after all, we’re trying to get words on the page, and I’m distractible enough that I’m likely to have my rakish hero slip some Lizzo all up in there when he’s trying to finally declare his romantic intentions. If you just took a DNA test and found out you’re 100% like this too, here’s some music I have really been loving for writing:
Ambient Playlists on Youtube! If you search for ‘ambient music no words’ there’s all kinds of great playlists with beautiful visuals of the night sky, beautiful forests, dramatic landscapes. Many of them have tracks that blend seamlessly into the next, which is great for when that hyperfocus kicks in.
Ambient Soundscapes! Sometimes, the music is just too much, and I really need to focus. That’s when I go for straight-up nature sounds. Rain in the trees is probably my favorite (Hey, I’m a PNW girl, I need my rain and my trees at all possible moments of the year!) but there’s all kinds of amazing ones freely available.
And finally (don’t laugh) Minecraft Music. Okay, okay, I know—but hear me out!! Video game soundtracks have some amazing music to them, usually written to provide an ambient backdrop to the gameplay. For an open-world type game that isn’t as focused on hack-and-slash, shoot-em-up play, Minecraft has beautiful soothing music that for some reason makes my brain purr like a contented chinchilla. (Do chinchillas purr? I have no idea.)
And those are the three types of things I like to listen to when I really need to focus and get into my story, edits, or… perhaps even an article such as this one? Who can say! ?
Pick up Driving Me Wild by Mia Carter today!
All my life, I’ve been perfectly average. Compared to the rest of my high-achieving, type-A family, it feels impossible to stand out. While I’d love to make my big artistic dreams happen, I’m kind of stuck, thanks to a bunch of lame things like “affordable rent” and “keeping the internet on.” Dreaming doesn’t pay the bills. Freelance design work and part-time rideshare driving does. And it’s nice, for the most part. Finding a passenger’s thumb drive usually means reporting, returning, yay-hurrah-good-job-me. Except this time.
This time, I put the thumb drive in my computer. Hey, I’m just trying to be helpful! Suddenly a chat window pops up and the owner of the drive is bribing me to fly halfway across the world. Today. Turns out he’s the super hot fare I haven’t been able to stop thinking about…who just so happens to be Logan Weiss—the crazy-hot 29-year-old billionaire known as “the most eligible bachelor in tech”. What the hell am I even doing?
Mia Carter lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spends her days enjoying nature, travel, knitting up unraveled plot threads, and playing video games.