Novel Playlist: BLOOD AND WATER

Posted March 23, 2015 by Briana in blood and water, Productivity / 10 Comments

London Architecture Reflected in a Puddle
I’ve made a lot of progress with BLOOD AND WATER lately, and I wanted to share a tool that motivates me. I first got the idea for this from a blog post by the lovely Jenny Bravo at Blots and Plots.

Whenever I start a new manuscript, I go to Spotify and create a playlist for it. Usually, I can only add a few songs in the beginning. As time goes on and I learn more about my characters and my story, I’m able to add more. Right now, I’m at the point in my writing where I have close to twenty songs in there. By the end of the novel, I expect to have thirty.

Creating a novel playlist is a great way to get you in the mood to write your novel. As soon as I press play, my brain knows it’s time to get into the zone. I make sure to only listen to this playlist when I’m writing BLOOD AND WATER, so the association is set in stone. If you’re feeling stuck with a project, try putting together some songs that remind your of your story so far.

A word of caution to this tale: adding songs to your playlist can become a vehicle for procrastination. Add a few songs to get started, and then save the rest for when you’re on a break. You can’t write the novel if you’re adding songs to your playlist all day instead. If you’re a plotter, you can set the playlist up when you’re outlining, as part of your pre-writing process. If you’re a pantser, try setting a time limit and then stop messing with the playlist once your time is up.

For my BLOOD AND WATER playlist, I chose songs based on their lyrics, tempos, and moods. Check out the track list below.


1. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey 2. Too Close by Alex Clare 3. A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay 4. I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers 5. Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy 6. Take Me to Church by Hozier 7. Love in the City by Lissie 8. Born to Die by Lana Del Rey 9. Come With Me Now by KONGOS 10. Sad Machine by Porter Robinson 11. Biting Down by Lorde 12. Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran 13. Sail by AWOLNATION 14. Where is My Mind? by Pixies 15. Weight of Living, Pt. II by Bastille 16. Oblivion by Bastille 17. Cemeteries of London by Coldplay 18. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie 19. I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time by Bon Iver 20. The Wilhelm Scream by James Blake 21. All Along by Kid Cudi

Want to listen to the playlist for yourself? Click here.

What other songs should I add to this playlist?

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10 responses to “Novel Playlist: BLOOD AND WATER

  1. Brett Michael Orr

    This is a really great idea! I love listening to music while I write, but I don’t have a playlist just for my novel. Also – awesome to see two Coldplay songs on that list. Cemeteries of London sounds a bit on the nose, doesn’t it? 😉
    Thanks so much for sharing, this is such an excellent idea (and post)!