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A Playlist for Inspiration

A phone playing the song "Reign of the Targaryens".

Today I’d like to share an instrumental playlist I’ve curated that keeps my creativity alight with my current project. The rules of curation are simple: if a song moves me, pulls me into a daydream, or arouses an urge to scribble ideas onto the nearest napkin or envelope, it makes it to the writing playlist I’ve named "Move Me".

Repeated quietly in the background, this playlist makes it easier to envision my characters’ emotions and perceptions of their world. Sometimes I close my eyes, listen to a song, and can even see a "music video montage" of a character’s journey.

So without further ado, here are the songs currently keeping me fired and inspired. (I recommend listening on shuffle with headphones if these songs are your type and you give ’em a go!) From Game of Thrones to The Imitation Game, you’ll find a wide variety of soundtracks to spark your creativity. This list will evolve over the course of my book-writing adventure, so I hope to share its evolution from time to time.

Thank you for joining me today! Perhaps you’ll discover a song that inspires you too…

“Move Me” Playlist:
Click to listen via Apple Music.
Click to listen via Spotify.

Listen to my current favorite song from this playlist, from the movie Raya and the Last Dragon:

Photo Credit: my photo


  • Tom
    March 8, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Great recommendations here! There’s something both soothing and inspiring from movie soundtrack melodies, especially without distracting vocals 🙂

    • Samantha Burgett
      March 8, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      I completely agree! I keep a separate playlist with vocals for this very reason. And I love watching this instrumental playlist evolve, in sync with the tones of the stories I’m writing. Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed some of these recommendations 🙏🏻

      • Tom
        March 8, 2023 at 2:39 pm

        Different playlists for different moods has helped me SO much for getting in “the zone” for writing different genres. 🙂

  • Michele Lee
    March 8, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Playlists are so important, for our writer lives, in my opinion. I am constantly growing mine. Creating new subfolders is a fun hobby. 🎶

    • Samantha Burgett
      March 8, 2023 at 8:15 pm

      It sure is a fun hobby! I couldn’t agree more and am so glad you found this post enjoyable. I love discovering new music through others and am happy to share what’s going on in my own playlists as of late. 🎧 All my best to you, Michele!

      • Michele Lee
        March 8, 2023 at 10:45 pm

        Oh yes, I love discovering new music! 🥰 Thank you. Enjoy! ✍🏻💭

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