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A Follow Up to NaNoWriMo CD Share

When I logged in to post my first NaNo total for the day, I found a comment waiting for me in response to a blog I wrote at the beginning of last month about NaNoWriMo CD Share. I was asked to post an example or two of playlists NaNoers have listened to. I can certainly do that, but with this caveat - no one has exactly the same taste in music, and what is going to work for one NaNoer isn't going to always work for another.

I know, for me, there are a lot of variables when I make up a playlist. A few examples: 
  1. What state of mind is my MC in? 
  2. Where is he/she during the scene I'm writing? 
  3. What type of music does my MC strike me as listening to?
Not everyone writes the same way as I do, though. A lot of people need instrumental music in order to write, because songs with lyrics get to be a distraction (especially when the song is catchy enough to start singing along to). Some people can't write to music, period. No one person writes the same way, so you really do have to find what works for you.
Now, to the playlist examples (after the jump):

Example #1: (sent to me last year in the CD exchange)

  1. Love I Not Honor Anymore - Gods and Generals Soundtrack
  2. Farewell - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Soundtrack
  3. Mad World - Gary Jules
  4. I'll Be a Virgin, I'll Be A Mountain - Maximillian Hecker
  5. Stormy Weather - Billy Holiday
  6. My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
  7. Baby (Is What He Calls Me) - Peggy Lee
  8. Mornings Eleven - The Magic Numbers
  9. Immaterial White - FreeTEMPO
  10. Dipper Mouth Blues - Arturo Sandoval
  11. We Go Together - Grease Soundtrack
  12. Dancing in the Street - Sister Act II Soundtrack
  13. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters
  14. Get Away - Matthew West
  15. Liars, Inc - Freakhouse
  16. A Knife in the Dark - Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
  17. Through the Bamboo Forest - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Soundtrack
  18. Theme from Jaws - John Williams
Example #2 (A playlist I put together for a series I've been outlining that wasn't going to be my NaNo this year):

  1. Somebody Told Me - The Killers
  2. You're Not a Reaver - Serenity Soundtrack
  3. Innocent - Fuel
  4. Wild Thing - The Troggs
  5. That Ain't My Truck - Rhett Akins
  6. Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera/Pink/Maya/Lil Kim
  7. Fully Alive - Flyleaf
  8. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
  9. If I Can't Have You - Kelly Clarkson
  10. Windy - The Association
  11. Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
  12. Overture - 101 Dalmations Soundtrack
  13. Hicktown (Radio Edit) - Jason Aldrean
  14. Push Me Away - Kutless
  15. Let's Go to Vegas - Faith Hill
  16. The Unwinding Cable Car - Anberlin
  17. Dance, Dance - Fallout Boy
  18. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel
  19. Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
  20. Breathe You In - Thousand Foot Krutch
Hope this helps!


  1. For me it's Pulp all the way - seriously, it's a secret I want ot share. Put on Pulp, and write. You'll become prolific just like that! (disclaimer - it worked for me, it might not work for you but I hope it does).

  2. I don't think I've ever heard of Pulp. I guess I'll have to check it out and see. There was awhile where I used Pandora, though...


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