I just attended a seminar at GenCon called “Part Time Writer, Full Time Life.” The panelists were giving out tips for balancing out your life to incorporate your writing career. One of the topics covered was how to switch gears and get into writing mode after you finish your day job. A few panelists talked about how music can get their brain on track and focused on their manuscript.
Music has kept me on task more than anything else. When I dig in my heels and refuse to get started, I need to listen to music to break my block and push through for my word count. At first, I just picked a few songs that set the tone for me. But now, I play the same songs in the same order every day. When I hear these songs, I know it’s time to get cracking. I have different songs that cur my mind to get into writing or editing specific scenes.
Here is part of my my Pigeon House Playlist:
- Revolting Cocks – Beers, Steers, and Queers.
- Beastie Boys – Shadrach
- Ministry – Thieves
- Richard Hell and the Voivods – Blank Generation
- Tom Waits – Big in Japan
- Residents – Third Reich and Roll (first track)
- Ken Nordine – Flibberty Jib
- Dead Kennedys – Let’s Lynch the Landlord
- Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
- Parliament – Give Up the Funk
- Primus – John the Fisherman
- Wesley Willis – I Whupped Batman’s Ass