Do you have a favorite playlist you listen to while you write poetry?
Or maybe you listen to different music, depending on whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, a news article. Every month we introduce another great themed writing playlist to help you get your poetry — or any other piece of writing you’re working on — started. Here are ten of our favorites:
Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for a solid four-on-the-floor beat with our Rock ‘n Roll playlist. Might help you write in a particular meter (or make it downright impossible). You’ll find Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more.
Our Mirror Mirror Writing Playlist might be perfect for a memoir piece you’re writing. Kick off a season of deep, brooding introspection with songs from Whiskeytown, Jill Andrews and Death Cab for Cutie.
You’ll find this themed writing playlist–featuring artists from Adele to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Willie Nelson–to be right as rain for those days you need to find a steady rhythm and keep writing.
4. Oh, Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Playlist
Writing a period piece? Or just refilling the writer tank with an afternoon of reading? Pull out your Jane Austen and listen to our Pride and Prejudice Playlist.
Even if you’ve had your caffeine allotment for the day, you can drink all the coffee and tea you want with our Coffee and Tea Poetry Playlist. All the inspiration with none of the caffeine from Frank Sinatra, The Kinks and Cat Stevens.
The sun is setting and you’re done with caffeine for the day. Pour yourself a cold one from our Wine and Beer Playlist while you write into the evening with Johnny Cash, Queen and the Civil Wars.
Of course we’d have a playlist simply named “The Poet” in our poetry playlist collection. The Poet Playlist is a carefully crafted series of couplets featuring musicians such as Madeleine Peyroux and Woody Guthrie and poets William Carlos Williams and Charles Bukowski.
If your writer’s block has you in a purple funk, our Purple and Indigo Poetry Playlist ought to snap you right out of it with songs from Prince, the Indigo Girls and favorite Nina Simone.
Our Valentine’s Playlist is perfect for any day you’re feeling a little bit romantic. Eric Clapton, Lyle Lovett and Sam Cooke will have you writing more love poems than you could shake a dozen red roses at.
Just because it’s great fun, we’re throwing in our Funny Valentine Playlist as a bonus. Dean Martin, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty might not help you focus on your writing project, but they might give you a pleasant break from that brooding introspection the Mirror Mirror list inspired.
Photo by Parksy1964, Creative Commons license via Flickr.
Don’t miss any of our new monthly writing playlists.
- National Poetry Month Book Giveaway—Tell Us Your Personal Poetry Story to Enter! - April 10, 2021
- Road Trip!—Great Poets Read for National Poetry Month - April 6, 2021
- National Poetry Month: How to Write a Form Poem! - March 29, 2021