When writing we–as creators–sometimes feel defeat. We feel it when we receive a rejection to a query, when we receive bad feedback from beta readers, when we read it back ourselves and don’t feel like it’s up to par with past undertakings. Defeat. Fear. These words are no strangers to writers. To any artist. They eat away at us, make us question everything we put onto paper, make us view everything as an obstacle.
Well, I’m here with this post to tell you that whenever you feel these two emotions creeping in to shut them out with music.
We all know that music is key to a writer’s mindset. Most authors will include playlists on their websites, blogs, or even in the books themselves. But what about a playlist to urge you forward when that nagging feeling of defeat or fear gets in your way?
First, there is probably the biggest song of 2012: “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia. This song is the power anthem of any writer who has been rejected or turned down by agents, publishers, etc. It is the song I turn on and turn up when I’m having a bad day. That may not just include writing, but it usually does. Trust me, blast this and you’ll feel the blood inside of your veins begin to boil and want to burst free.
Next is Katy Perry’s “Firework.” This girl has written several empowering songs that her fans not only take to heart, but live off of each day. This song in particular reminds you that you have the spark inside and all you have to do is let it soar. Let it guide you to becoming the best version of yourself.
And last but not least: “Fear and Loathing” by Marina & the Diamonds. This song has actually been on repeat while I write my latest project. It tells me–and my main character–that if you want to “touch the edge of greatness” you have to let the fear fade away and believe that people want to help you succeed, not shove you into the dirt.
I hope this small playlist has helped in some way and that it will encourage you to find others to add to it. Remember, these anthems are meant to inspire, to motivate, and to drive you to keep going. Because true defeat is giving up and while it sounds preachy, it’s true. So listen to the music, set aside your fears, and work hard.
P.S. If you want some fine words on another song (Lady GaGa’s “Marry the Night”) check out my friend Lauren’s post about it here.