50 Playlists for Writers

Music has the power to inspire words onto the page! What you’re listening to can make the difference between creating the next Great American Novel or bad fanfiction. Luckily, there are a plethora of playlists online to suit any genre, mood, and preference. Here are some favorites to get you started on your quest for literature excellence!

playlists for writers


Ambient tracks are perfect for people who can’t work with the sound of lyrics. Or the sound of any music whatsoever. Ambient playlists are for the writers who wish they could write from the Hogwarts Library or in a Paris cafe.


Writing Romance is no walk in the moonlit, perfectly charming park. Here are some playlists to help set the mood.


We can’t all be J.K. Rowling. Sometimes writers need a little bit of help to get their wands flowing!


What’s that behind you?! These suspense playlists for writers might convince you you’re not alone. They aren’t for the faint of heart, and you’ll probably want to leave all of your lights on! Transform your writing desk into a horror movie set with these tracks.


These playlists are so heartwrenching that you’ll find yourself turning on the shower at 2am so your roommates can’t hear your sobs. Seriously, get the tissues ready.


So these playlists might be 90% the Braveheart soundtrack but that’s because you don’t mess with perfection. Caution: these tracks might compel you to seek world domination.

What do you like to listen to when you’re writing? How does music affect your ability to write?

Written by Samantha Tetrault