Finally I have a spare moment to jot down the songs I listened to whilst writing Eleanor. I didn’t listen to music for all the time I was writing, as I usually get distracted and sing along, so this list isn’t that long. But, as I am still working on Eleanor, I will continue to add songs to the list on Spotify.
Music is certainly inspiration, and I try to venture into various genres to get a feel of my mood, or my characters’ moods. You will therefore note a dramatic change in music styles in my list, from symphonic metal and rock, to classical, art pop, and whatever genre Björk is! And though I am a big 80s music lover, I did stray away (as much as I could) in favour of music that I thought was more cohesive and conducive to my moods whilst writing Eleanor. That may seem rather odd, when you see the list, as everything is in chaos. I admit that I did put my player on shuffle, but when I came across a song that wasn’t working for me, I simply moved on or picked something suitable for the scene or my mood. Bear in mind that this list doesn’t 100% reflect the development of the story.
I can’t imagine Eleanor listening to Styx, but I can’t deny my love for them, so they’re on the list. Styx definitely know how to pick me up and get me pumped and ready for writing. Likewise with Babymetal (“Gimme Chocolate” isn’t exactly a true representation of Eleanor’s descent into madness).
Yet, it is the very first song on the list that really does it for me. It was the perfect song for the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and the first day of Eleanor. It woke me up, got me motivated and ready for the month ahead. Have a listen, and I think you’ll agree.
My playlist is available on Spotify. You will need to create a free account to be able to view and listen to my playlist. You have the option to follow my account, which means you will receive a notification when I add new playlists.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find every song through Spotify, so I may simply post up those songs individually, or post a screenshot from my player.