Pamela Koehne-Drube

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Pamela Koehne-Drube

6 May 2022

Writing Tips

6 More Writing Playlists to Inspire and Motivate

woman lounging with boombox listening to writing playlists - Photo by Eric Nopanen on Unsplash

There’s nothing quite like the perfect playlist to get you in the mood to write. We’ve put together six more mood, scene, and character-specific writing playlists to really get you exercising those creative muscles!

From occult, urban nightscapes, to wistful, rainy afternoons, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also included a playlist for the music of the 1980s, some deep chanting with throbbing drum beats for when you need to channel your inner Viking, softer acoustic moods for an emotional homecoming, and even some Opera classics for a night of theatrical opulence.

Writing Rainy Afternoons

Whether you’re writing at your desk with rain pattering outside, or your characters are staring wistfully through rain-fogged windows, this is the perfect writing playlist for you. With calming acoustic sounds that evoke that snuggly feeling you get when it’s cold outside but warm inside, this is sure to help you set the scene – both for you and your characters.

Writing Occult Urban Nightscapes

Perfect for horror and urban fantasy writers, this playlist has dark, otherworldly vibes with thumping, electronic beats sure to inspire. Ideal for dark city nights filled with witches, werewolves, vampires, cults, and dark magicks.

Writing the 1980s

The decade of hairspray, neon, lycra, and bright colours, there’s something iconic about the 1980s. The music was as varied as the patterns on leotards, and this playlist is sure to set the scene — whether your characters find themselves in a smoky divebar, take to the dancefloor, or are singing into their hairbrushes alone in their rooms.

Writing Viking Marauders

From the sound of distant battle drums to the droning vocals of sailors at sea, this playlist is designed to set the theme for your Viking-themed fiction. It evokes the history, folklore, mythology, and violence of the old Norse warriors and is sure to inspire.

Writing a Night at the Opera

Whether you’re writing historical fiction and need to set the scene, or are writing contemporary fiction and need your characters to experience a night of opulence, this playlist has a lot of versatility. It includes opera classics from a range of styles to help you build your world.

Writing an Emotional Homecoming

After a long time away, or vast distances separating your characters, this playlist is designed to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of homecoming. With emotional acoustic vibes, this writing playlist is full of love, comfort, and longing, ready for you to write the perfect reunion.


You can find our previous playlists here, here, and here. We’ll be adding new writing playlists periodically, so give us a follow on Spotify. Want to see any specific playlists, or have tracks you think need to be added to any of our existing ones? Let us know in the comments, or get in touch with me at [email protected]