This year I will be taking part in NanoWrimo the national novel writing month and will be using it as a way to get me to finish the first draft of the sequel to Heir to the Sundered Crown.

I have entered Nano a few times now and actually was a winner back in 2012 with Unconquered: Blood of Kings. The month is a fantastic way to force me to get my thoughts down on to the page and is something that greatly increases the whole novel writing process.

In the run up to the start of November, I will write a few posts to help me and other writers taking part to get into the spirit.

This first post is about what gets me through the writing process in the hectic month of NanoWrimo. Many of the other authors I have spoken too over the years have said that they often listen to music to keep them inspired and I am no exception to this. I find music to be a great way to keep me focused and allow my imagination to be set free.

A lot of the biggest and most epic scenes in Heir to the Sundered Crown for example were inspired by the music of Two Steps From Hell, a group that make in my opinion some of the best epic music around.

Fast-paced tracks really help get into the rhythm of fight and battle scenes whilst more relaxing and uplifting tunes often help with the more peaceful parts of the story. A character trekking cross-country can be greatly enhanced by the inspiration offered by music.

Some authors like to listen to classical music like Beethoven and other musical masters whilst a rare few love listening t things ranging from pop to heavy metal.
When writing Fantasy or Science Fiction however, I find that the music offered by the Epic genre are by far the most inspiring. Groups such as Audiomachine, TSFH and Thunderstep Music offer music you would find in movie trailers but all are masters of epic uplifting sound.

For this year’s Nano I have already selected a few Youtube channels that I will be using.

Here is the list below;

What tracks do you use to inspire you when writing? On the other hand, perhaps you need complete silence let me know via the comments section or through Facebook or Twitter.


3 thoughts on “Nano Wrimo – Music to Inspire

  1. I usually listen to plenty of Metal and Prog. This can range from Power Metal bands and my five staple bands that are on my ipod continuously. Rush, Tool, Toto, Camel, Yes.

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