NaNoWriMo 2016: Writing Playlist

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-180If there’s one single thing I’ve learned over the course of the past several years participating in NaNoWriMo, it’s that a writing playlist is absolutely essential. I write best to a soundtrack, and over the past couple of years that we’ve been brainstorming, my writing partner and I have come up with soundtracks for each book in the series we’re working on.

This month, though, we’re working on A Night Full of Red, and

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[Script Frenzy] ‘Half-Sized’ Soundtrack

When I write, I like to listen to music.  I made at least two different playlists when I wrote The TECH Project, and the one I’m using while writing and editing The Final Experiment is still flexible.  I even made one as I wrote Victorious for NaNoWriMo 2011 – but it ended up only four songs long.

This year, I planned Script Frenzy out a bit more than I have in previous years, and that includes the playlist.

I’ve got a nice playlist started that’s composed of what I’d consider “throwbacks”: songs I remember from my junior high and high school years that capture the tone of what I want Half-Sized Tiger to be.

Some of the songs aren’t from those years – most remarkably the one ADELE song on the list – but they’ve all got the tone I’m trying to achieve in Half-Sized Tiger.  I also included some links to YouTube videos – official videos by the artists, fan videos using footage from Toradora!, and non-official fan videos as well.

And so, without further ado:

  1. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
  2. Dance with the Devil – Breaking Benjamin
  3. Set Fire to the Rain – ADELE
  4. How to Save A Life – The Fray
  5. Up Against a Wall – Boys Like Girls
  6. Fall Back Into My Life – Amber Pacific
  7. I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
  8. Dance Inside – The All-American Rejects
  9. Unwanted – Avril Lavigne
  10. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
  11. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  12. Until The End – Breaking Benjamin
  13. Hanging By a Moment – Lifehouse
  14. My Immortal (Radio Edit) – Evanescence
  15. Incomplete – Backstreet Boys
  16. I’ll Be There For You – Jon Bon Jovi
  17. Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade
  18. Teenage Dream – Boyce Avenue

That’s quite the mix, isn’t it?  I don’t think anyone besides be would stick a Backstreet Boys song in front of a Breaking Benjamin song, but that’s what it is.  This list is subject to order changes as I change or tweak the order of events in the screenplay, but this is more or less the inspiration I’m drawing from this month.

Do you prefer listening to music when you write?  Do you have a Script Frenzy playlist?  If so, blog about it and post the link in the comments.  If you listen to a particular album, let me know – I’m always on the lookout for new music, and I’d love to hear what inspires you.