Music to write wars to
I love writing battle scenes and one of the main reasons for that is the way in which I get into the mindset to do so. As with anything that requires energy and urgency a writer needs to psyche themselves up before plunging into the heart of battle.
At the moment I’m working on a huge battle scene for War for the Sundered Crown and I have found that listening to music is the best way to get into it. A battle needs to excite the reader, put them onto the edge of their seat. Will their favourite characters make it out alive? Will they emerge the same people that they once were?
Planning such scenes is a lot of work in itself, especially if the battle in question is on a grand scale. Tens of thousands of combatants need a lot of direction if the scene is to make any sense and progress the main plot of the story. Strategies and tactics need to be considered as well as what are both sides trying to achieve?
To get into the mood for this battle and the grander war to come I’ve been listening to a few groups and tracks. The best genre of music for this sort of thing is definitely the epic genre, groups like the fantastic Two Steps from Hell and Audiomachine are fantastic at getting my imagination rocking.
(War for the Sundered Crown will hopefully be finished by November, release date TBC)
Here’s a few of the best tracks I’ve discovered:
Do you have any other suggestions for awesome music to write to? Let me know via the comments.