Whilst I don’t really believe in writer’s block, except as a nice way of describing the grip of creative laziness, I’m a firm advocate of the view that a good song can get the sometimes reluctant oven of the mind warmed up.

Here are a few that have done the trick for me.


Måns Zelmerlöw – ‘Should’ve Gone Home’
(Je ne suis qu’un homme)

So I’ve been listening to RTL2 lately, in an effort to improve my French, and loving it. It’s a pop/rock station, with more music than talking, and most of it in French.

This is one of the gems I heard and added to my playlist. In truth it doesn’t quite match up with my writing, in both tone and theme, but it’s a good song for getting psyched up to write, or for dancing to.


Josef Salvat – ‘Open Season’

I see no reason to be anything less than international in my music tastes, so here is another good one, this time from Australia (but also discovered on RTL2). This is a song best used for sitting imagining all the best bits of the stories you haven’t yet written, something which I do a great deal more than I’ll ever admit.


Of Monsters And Men – ‘Mountain Sound’

And lastly, a winner from one of my favourite bands, recently discovered. This is a good song for writing about journeys I think, especially those which are exciting and difficult, as all good journeys should be.


And if you liked this post, you might also enjoy my Seven Songs for Writing. Find it here.