Today’s Top 5 Writing Links: Background Music Edition

efmWhat do you listen to when you write?

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Here are my Top 5 choices, in no special order. The background music depends on the type of day and the type of work I’m doing.

1. Rainy Mood

Rainy Mood is my go-to for calming white noise. As you might have guessed, it’s the sound of perpetual rain. While some in the Northwest may not appreciate that sound, I live in Texas, and we’re always glad for rain.

2. Coffitivity

Feel like writing in a coffeeshop but don’t want to leave home? Coffitivity provides ambient noise that sounds like you’re sitting in a bustling coffeeshop, offering a few different types of shops from “Morning Murmur” to “Lunchtime Lounge.”

I found it surprisingly helpful for focus.

3. Songza’s Epic Film Scores Channel

When I need encouragement on a grand scale, I turn to these epic film scores. Think Dark Knight Rises, Gladiator, and most anything John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park) ever composed.

4. Curated Spotify Playlists

I subscribe to a number of playlists on Spotify that help me focus, including:

  • Deep Focus
  • Indie Instrumentals
  • Mellow Beats
  • Best Writing Music 2012
  • and my own curated playlist of Epic Film Scores.

If you have similar focus-based Spotify playlists, please share!

5. White Noise HQ

I have yet to try this app, but it sounds promising. If you’re looking for a variety of white noise sounds, from “nature to household sounds and industrial machinery,” this app might be for you. The app allows you to mix included noises, as well as set a timer–perfect for Pomodoro technique users.

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