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8 Aug 2012

RTW - Summer Playlists

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
What music has been your summer soundtrack?

This summer my summer playlist has mainly been the songs that help keep motivated for Inside the Broom Closet and Beast Inside.  It's quite a list but there are a few songs that I listen to more for the WiPs because it sparks so much inspiration for writing it.


When I Am Queen - Jack off Jill

Land of Confusion - Disturbed

Wytches - Inkubus Sukkubus


Time of Dying - Three Days Grace

Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace

You Can't Hide (From The Beast Inside) - Autograph

What's your summer soundtrack? Join us on YA Highway =D


  1. So...what I think will happen after this RTW is that my Itunes I-Want-List will explode :D There were a lot of these songs I didn't know and I like them :D Funny how songs can play a role in our writing!

  2. Music can be so inspirational. :) I'll hear a song and it'll just create a character or a plot.

  3. While I have this issue with reading/writing and listening to music, I can--and have--derived inspiration from songs I've heard. These lists remind me, though, how much fun it would be if I could put music on in the background while I write. And also how out-of-touch I am with a lot of current music! My daughters don't help much, either--FirstBorn likes classical music, and SecondBorn listens to J-Pop and K-Pop! :)

  4. I've always been jealous of people who can write and listen to music at the same time. It turns into a disaster on my end. Love you choices though. My brother is a big Disturbed fan.

  5. I can usually listen to my playlists for a while when I'm writing. But soon I'll have to stop because it tends to get distracting. :) I always listen to playlists when I'm doing something else like cooking or travelling somewhere to keep the motivation there.

    Colin, I'm with you on feeling out of touch. I knew a few modern artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Gotye but I prefer a lot of 60s-80s music. My teenage years were the last years of being in touch with modern music. I don't really hear much from the bands I used to like now.

    Samantha, love love LOVE Disturbed. :D David Draiman has a remarkable voice.

  6. I listen to a lot of music for writing inspiration, but while I'm at work I get very picky (and tend toward instrumental). It's so interesting to see how different writers use music in their processes!

  7. It's quite interesting seeing how many writers do use music in general. :) It feels like a typical writer trait now to have music involved in their writing process. I wonder if it's to do with a lot of books being turned into TV series and films.

  8. It's pretty amazing how influential music can be in writing something. I can't listen to anything other than classical while I'm writing, but a lot of times I'll hear a song and it will give me a fun new story idea or a whole new perspective on a WIP.

  9. I can have the same experiences. :) I'm constantly updating my playlists because new songs will spark a new sub-plot or a scene.

  10. Wow, I really like that version of Land of Confusion. Not quite as much as the original, but what an awesome video! The Genesis version has one of the most 80s videos of all time :D Thanks for sharing!

    Music is so important to me I've bought myself a proper sound system and headphones to use when I write. I'm a taaaad obsessive ^^;

  11. Oh, I have playlists for WIPs and for kind of scenes too. Nice ones you've got here. Thanks!

  12. I LOVE Disturbs cover of 'Land of Confusion'. It's one of my favorite covers of all time. Great list! I didn't want to post my book's soundtrack because I thought that might be too spoiler-y, but from your song selections I am really intrigued by both WiPs.

  13. I love that one of the songs is Witch, which fits perfectly with your novel :D
    My summer playlist has been more relaxed, with one favorite song whose lyrics were penned by a YA author :)

  14. Interesting song choices I wish music could inspire me like that. Great post. thanks for sharing.

  15. Cole, it's a great version. I can't really decide between the two. Love them both. :)

    Juliana, thank you. :)

    Nicki, one of my favourites too. It's between that, Guns'n'Roses cover of Live and Let Die and Lee Mead's cover of Paint it Black. =D

    Katharine, Inkubus Sukkubus practically make up the majority of the WiP's playlist haha! The band's very fitting for the story. =D

  16. I don't know that I've heard most of these songs. This week's RTW will be great for introducing us all to some new music! :)

  17. Ooh this is a really interesting list! I hadn't heard lots of these, but they are definitely setting a really cool tone for inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Jaime, my Itunes collection has gone up a lot since yesterday's RTW. =D I've been introduced to some great songs.

    Sarah, no problem. Hope they inspire something for you! :)