Finding good music to write to can be difficult– it needs to be inspiring but not too distracting; pleasant but not too cheerful (no harpsichords, please!); emotional but not overpowering. Ideally, the best music for writing is the kind that pushes reality away for a little awhile and clears out some space in the mind for ideas.
Here’s an album that fits the bill: Gods, Heroes and Men: Op. 43 & Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 by Beethoven. Kent Nagano conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in this mash-up of two symphonies, The Creatures of Prometheus and Eroica. I stumbled across this album when researching the assignment on writing with symbolism from Greek mythology.
Breathing Life into the Master Outline
This music is especially appropriate for the Better Novel Project because of its inspiration. Remember the myth of Prometheus? (No, not the infinite liver-eating eagle part– that’s the end of his story.) In the beginning, Prometheus steals fire from the Gods, and uses it to breath life into two clay statues that he molded . . . not unlike what we are trying to do here. I hope you find it just as inspiring.