9 Soundtracks To Add To Your Writing Playlist

9 Soundtracks To Add To Your Writing Playlist

Whether you're writing an essay or a novel, these songs will get the gears in your head turning

If you have trouble working to music with lyrics, finding the right songs to play can be quite a feat. You're stuck between classical playlists, which are almost a little too exciting at times, and soundtracks, all full of sudden beats or sound effects for the screen that don't translate when you're sitting at your desk at 1 a.m. There are some soundtracks, though, that sit in a nice in-between. You don't have to have seen or heard what these songs are from, simply listen and get to work.

1. Moonlight

If you're used to listening to classical music while working, this soundtrack should fit perfectly into your playlist. Moonlight draws heavily on classical styles so often that there is even an actual classical track dropped into the middle of the first act. It's mainly piano and violin mixed with some ambient sounds, so it's perfect if you're looking for some gentle orchestral music.

Suggested tracks: "The Middle of the World," "End Credits Suite," "Chef's Special"

2. Over The Garden Wall

As we head closer to the end of the year, Over The Garden Wall and its seasonally appropriate soundtrack should be making their way back into everyone's finals and holidays. The soundtrack is inspired by classic, old-timey tunes and has just the right amount of chills to make your writing want to pop. You might want to skip "Pottsfield CM," though.

Suggested tracks: "Prelude," "The Old Mill," "Adelaide's Trap"

3. Inside Out

Basically, any Pixar soundtrack works well when it comes to writing and studying, but Inside Out's is the most gentle. If you need piano and ambient sounds, Michael Giacchino has always got you covered.

Suggested tracks: "Bundle of Joy," "Nomanisone Island/National Movers," "Tears of Joy"

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Of all of the Zelda soundtracks, Breath of the Wild is the most orchestral. If you like the 8-bit sound of classic video game music, try Ocarina of Time (or The Adventure Zone), but BotW sticks to the themes of previous Zelda games while introducing a fully orchestral set of sounds perfect for exploring the world.

Suggested tracks: "Credits," "Prince Sidon's Theme," "100 Years Ago"

5. The Prince of Egypt

Hans Zimmer's soundtracks can always be a little drum and sound effect heavy, but The Prince of Egypt is a welcome outlier. It's mainly orchestral and choral music, so if your playlist needs some drama and ambience, throw one of these in there.

Suggested tracks: "The Burning Bush," "Cry," "Death of the First Born"

6. American Gods

Had you asked me a year ago, I would never have even thought to put Brian Reitzell's soundtracks on this list. His tracks for NBC's Hannibal are almost entirely erratic and unsettling. His soundtrack for American Gods, despite featuring his signature odd sounds and curious rhythms, is oddly listenable. If you enjoy electronica, drums, or the blues, this one's for you.

Suggested tracks: "Out of Time," "Shopping," "Media Bowie"

7. Westworld

If you wish you could listen to some more familiar songs while studying, but lyrics distract you, Westworld's western covers of famous tunes like "Black Hole Sun" or "House of the Rising Sun" might fit well into your playlist. The soundtrack also features original tracks, each with a mix of classical, western, and electronic vibes.

Suggested tracks: "Paint It, Black," "This World," "Reverie"

8. Pacific Rim

If you're looking for something a little more intense so you can really nail that action scene, Pacific Rim's electric guitar and techno will get the book moving. It can also help the essay your writing feel like extremely important, high-tech work to save the world.

Suggested tracks: "Canceling the Apocalypse," "Call Me Newt," "Pentecost"

9. The Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone covers such a wide array of soundtrack styles that there's bound to be at least one song to fit your study mood. The Eleventh Hour and Journey's End have some especially good slower study songs, while The Crystal Kingdom and The Suffering Game have more electronic beats and ambient tracks.

Suggested tracks: "The Diary of Sheriff Isaak," "Wonderland - Round Two," "Madam Director"

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

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Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

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