NaNoWriMo: Music to Inspire!
If you’re like me, nothing gets the creativity flowing like a good instrumental composition. I can’t concentrate if the music I’m listening to has lyrics: I just want to sing along. This is my third year doing NaNoWriMo, and I’ve finally found some good YouTube channels that don’t distract, but inspire.
ThePrimeCronus: This is the channel that I use the most. It features original compositions that all fit into the categories of Epic, Dramatic, or Emotional, and most are great for getting me into the mindset to write epic battles or crafting evil villains. There are a few hour-long mixes available, and even some five (!!) and ten (!!!!) hour mixes, for when you really need to catch up on your word count.
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OneHourStation: This channel features one-hour long mixes of original compositions. It’s great for when you really need to get down to business and get your word count up, and you don’t want to be distracted by a playlist. Just play one of these and you have a whole hour of music lined up.
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VersusMusicOfficial: I think the channel description can explain this best: “Versus Music is all about delivering the most epic and legendary sounds…to face the unforgettable journey into a realm of your own mind.”
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This next one isn’t a channel, but a video. It features six (!!) hours of selections from various movie soundtracks.
I was recently introduced to Studio Ghibli and fell in love with the music. Here’s a video featuring piano renditions of various songs from the Studio Ghibli collection, including pieces from My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Video Game Soundtracks are always great to get the creative juices flowing, mostly because they are often composed to help focus the player and keep them engaged in the story. Video Game soundtracks are great for inspiration as well. Here’s just a few great soundtracks that I’ve used to help me focus on meeting that word count.
Transistor (2014, Supergiant Games):
Guild Wars 2 (2012, ArenaNet):
Journey (2012, Austin Wintory):
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011, Bethesda):
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006, Bethesda):
If music just isn’t your thing, there are also some great ambient noise generators online for those who prefer the soft murmuring of a coffee shop or the sound of a gentle rain:
MyNoise.Net has a ton of different ambient noises for you to pick from, including a waterfall, rain, the sounds of a jungle, and a cat purring!
Rainy Cafe is a super simplified generator, with only the sounds of a cafe or rain to choose from.
A Soft Murmur lets you customize your own ambient noise, allowing you to turn on a number of different noises at once, including beach waves, rain, birds, and coffee shop noises.