I while ago I talked about good songs to listen to while writing action scenes. But what about inspirational/moving/touching scenes? I can’t even think of the correct name for those kinds of scenes, but you know the kind I’m talking about. The scenes that make your heart ache after you write them. Not necessarily sad scenes, but scenes that tug at you and leave you staring at the computer screen and feeling as though you just left a piece of your heart in that story.
That's the kind of feeling you hope your readers will experience after setting your book down. But they can’t feel it unless you do, which is why listening to the right kind of music is important.
That’s what this post is for.
First of all, you should know that these songs are mostly film scores. Why? Well, I have two reasons, both of which I talked about in my other post. But just to recap: the main one is that if I listen to songs with lyrics while writing, then I end up typing words from the song into my novel. Not only is this frustrating, but it’s not very productive. The other reason is that I watch a lot of movies and have a friend who is a film score junkie, so I’ve come to listen to a lot of songs from a lot of different movies. Based off of these two reasons, I put together a list of film scores to listen to while writing inspirational/moving/whatever-you-call-them scenes. If you know what to title that kind of scene, then leave me a comment because it’s really bothering me that I can’t think of the correct name:
- Now We Are Free from Gladiator soundtrack (one of my absolute favorites)
- Rosemary’s Piano from The Giver
- Evenstar from Lord of the Rings (this version is actually by Shane McDonnell instead of Howard Shore)
- Idyll’s End from The Last Samurai
- Resurrection from The Passion of The Christ
- The Other Side from Gattaca
- Gollum’s Song from The Two Towers
- Nerevar Rising from Morrowind
- Into the Fray from The Grey
- White Hart from Snow White and the Huntsman (the last part of this is a little too 'action and adventure' but the first part is beautiful)
- Eternal Love from Dracula Untold
I put it together a playlist of all of these songs just for you: Music for Writing Moving Scenes. It will get you 46 minutes of writing.
Have any songs you think should be added? Leave me a comment! Or tweet me the link to the song here: @_HannahHeath.
My Top 10 Songs for Writing Action Scenes
6 Easy Ways to Gain Writing Inspiration
Writing to Film Scores: Emotion from Music to Paper - A Guest Post by Susannah Metzler
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