17 PLAYLISTS For Every WRITING MOOD (To Help You Survive NaNoWriMo... And Any Other Writing Project Under The Sun)


Apart from writing, music is my life. When I'm not creating music, I'm listening to music; and when I'm not listening to music, I'm thinking about music. And when I'm writing a book, I NEED MUSIC TO INSPIRE ME – whether I'm writing a long conversation to a mellow soundtrack or plotting in the car to epic trailer music. I NEED MUSIC. And maybe you do, too. 

To celebrate our perilous journey through NaNoWriMomade a bunch of playlists, filled with the very best writing music, just for you!! SO THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. I have a playlist for every writing mood* according to genre, scenes, emotions happening in the scenes, etc. I PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO THIS, OKAY? (Also I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to making playlists shhhh don't tell.)  

But when I was making these playlists I wasn't sure what to use: only instrumentals or songs with lyrics, too? So I did a Twitter poll to figure it out and IT ENDED UP BEING ROUGHLY 50/50My solution: make a set of playlists each! One collection without words, one collection with words. THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU GUYS.  

There are 17 playlists in total – all of them are over 1 hour long, and they cover a wide range of moods, from Epic Fantasy Battles to Kickbutt Spy Missions to Teenage Rom-Coms to EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. Music inspires my writing more than I can even describe. Sometimes I can listen to music while I write, and other times I need silence – EVERY WRITER IS DIFFERENT and sometimes it just depends on your current mood. That's why I've created all these playlists. THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, so I'm pretty sure I've got you covered. Let's talk music, shall we? 

*Hopefully. Maybe not?? MAYBE THERE ARE OTHER MOODS I DON'T KNOW ABOUT. But these are all the ones I could think of. 



THE PLAYLISTS: WITHOUT WORDS 



EPIC FANTASY BATTLE
ORCHESTRAL, INTENSE, CLASSIC. 

Mood: Armies in armor with swords and horses (or dragons.) A battle-cry. Arrows and cannons and the smell of victory. Also, blood. What would an epic fantasy battle be without blood? 




I LOVE YOU
ROMANTIC, SWEEPING, BEAUTIFUL. 


Mood: A heart pounding with unspoken words. Running through a rainstorm to get to someone to tell them that you love them. Or any other stereotyped love profession scene, really.  





MAGICAL NEW WORLD 
EPIC, FANTASTICAL, DISCOVERY. 

Mood: Stumbling though a portal into a whole new world. Sunlight filtering through trees and young, fascinated eyes beholding things they never dreamed of. Chills, magic, and new possibilities.  



KICKBUTT SPY MISSION 
MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE. 

Mood: Top-secret missions. Kids wearing leather jackets and sunglasses. Car chases and guns firing. Jumping over fences and cracking secret codes and running for your life and fighting for justice.  



LOSING HOPE 
SAD, LONELY, DEPRESSED. 


Mood: The feeling you have when you have no idea what you feel. All hope is lost. The best character probably just died and now the other characters don't know what to do with themselves except cry. 




BACKGROUND MUSIC 
CHILL, QUIET, CONVERSATIONAL. 

Mood: Not a lot going on. Something for the author to listen to (instead of the wall clock ticking) while writing a mellow scene. This one also doubles as a good studying playlist, so... bonus! 




SOMETHING IS UP 
CURIOUS, SLEUTHY, DETECTIVE. 

Mood: Not everything is as it seems. Investigating mysterious things. Figuring out the puzzles. Cutting up newspaper articles and pinning them to a giant corkboard on your wall – red string and all. 




SCARY HAUNTED HOUSE 
CREEPY, DARK, JUMP SCENE. 

Mood: The feeling of being watched by someone – or something. Shadows that move. Whispers in the dark. Flickering lights. Abandoned places. That general feeling of unease right before a ghost jumps out of the wall, or something. 




SENTIMENTAL CRYBABY 
REMINISCENT, MELLOW, WEEPY. 

Mood: Looking through old Polaroids, remembering all the good things you miss. Stargazing with someone you love. Reminiscing childhood summers and golden hour and a first kiss. Smiling because good things have happened to you. 


THE PLAYLISTS: WITH WORDS 
EPIC TRAILER MUSIC 
DYSTOPIAN, WAR, DARK FANTASY. 

Mood: ASDFGHJKL. Epic trailer music turns me on. I don't know how else to describe it!!!! This is my collection of favorites. 




HAPPY ADVENTURE 
CAREFREE, FOLKSY, ROADTRIP. 

Mood: Jumping into a car with your best friends and driving across the country. Living free and enjoying every second of your delicious life on planet earth. Open windows and new places and beautiful, smiling faces. 




GHOST STORY 
HAUNTING, DARK, ETHEREAL. 

Mood: Songs that remind me of abandoned houses after dark and whispering in the shadows. Haunting vocals, with some southern gothic flair. (And Ruelle. Lots of Ruelle.) 




TEENAGE ROM-COM 
CONTEMPORARY, FUN, PUNK ROCK. 

Mood: Bad puns and bubblegum. First kisses and high school drama and avoiding eye contact. Passing notes in class. Falling in love for the first time. Making a fool of yourself, because that's what teenagers do. 





WILD CHILD PARTY 
GRITTY, REBELLIOUS, CAR RACE. 

Mood: Songs for the characters who run away from home. Racing cars through the desert and getting in trouble for stupid things. Rebel kids with wide eyes and loud music and ridiculous motives. 




BRB CRYING 
SAD, LONELY, HEARTBREAK. 

Mood: All my favorite sad songs that make you (or your characters) want to just cry their eyes out. Heartbreak, tragedy, disappointment. Whatever you like to use to break your characters into tiny little pieces. 




HARDCORE SPIES 
GRITTY, COOL, ESPIONAGE. 

Mood: Superheroes! Or just normal kids who think they're superheroes. Top-secret missions, running from the bad guys, just being awesome spies in general. SPY MUSIC, OKAY? SPIESSS. 




I LOVE YOU 
ROMANTIC, SWEEPING, BEAUTIFUL. 

Mood: The most beautiful love songs I know and use to aggressively ship my OTP until I want to scream happily into a pillow. 



TALK, BRO 
Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? What are some of your TOP FAVORITE songs that you plot your book to/ship your characters to/imagine your book-turned-movie to??? I know that made zero grammatical sense I'm 100% done with grammar at this point. I HOPE YOU LIKE THESE PLAYLISTS!! 

rock on, 
abbiee 
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59 comments

  1. kjaslkghewoiuslkj bkljsfdkjdhoykhj kds;ljoiuerhkjfa.vasuyeqo;aijl.sdkuytgilahskd.,mbvn,zmnbuau;roljk.n.dmsa.,bsdfj dang there are a lot of comments and periods and spaces in there... BUT ALKJASHKJAWEYIAUIPOFITAGBZ<MN<BSKHAIWIEHJAKAMDKJOUWELHJKG<MNFOURKJSDL:F << legit the sound my heart is making right now
    AABBBBIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU FOR THIS POST LIKE OMG GIRL JUST STOP no don't JUST.. JUST... KEEP BEING AWESOME!!!!!!!!
    these playlists ARE BEYOND PERFECT AND I AM GOING TO FOLLOW THEM ALLLL RIGHT NOW AASSDFGHJKLAQWETYUIOPZBXCMEMLAHJKAAA!!!! YOU KNOW???!?!?!!!??!
    anyway that is all I LOVE THIS TOO MUCH FOR WORDS (she says while screaming words profusely) THAT IS ALL ABBIE YOU'RE THE BEST I LOVE YOU SO MUCH KAY BYE I GOTTA GO WRITE NOW

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    1. ESTHER I LOVE YOU AND YOUR COMMENTS BRIGHTEN MY LIFE <33333 AJFJASLKDJLASJLKDF I'M SO SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS POST AND THESE PLAYLISTS AND AHNKLSPONCSJLA WOW I CAN'T WORDS. I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A BIG HUG !!!!! LOVE YOU

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  2. I have a playlist on spotify for my WIP. Lots of music on there. XD Some of it is moodier for the sadder scenes and others are like fighting theme songs. I love Zayde Wolf and Ruelle. Also, I have lots of Fleurie because she's the best ever. I like to listen to music when editing and outlining, which I've been outlining my book now after three years because I decided it might help. XD (I'm more of a plantser.)

    War of hearts is one of my favorites by Ruelle!

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. YAAAAS ZAYDE WØLF! RUELLE! FLEURIE!! Clearly your taste in music is = STRAIGHT FIRE. <3 *fist bump* and that's sooo cool that you have a whole playlist for your book! SAME HERE :') that's like one of the first things I do when I think up a new book idea... I go make a playlists and a Pinterest board for it. xD ooooh yes War Of Hearts is lovely -- I especially love the acoustic version. <3333

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  3. THESE ARE AMAZINGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. AAAAAAH THANK YOU <3333

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  4. i am so so excited to listen to these!! i have to give you a huge round of applause for putting these together and making such nice covers, it had to have been a lot of work... but FUN work, who am i kidding. i sense a fellow playlist-making lover in you, lol.

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    1. IT WAS LOTS OF FUN WORK, FOR SURE ;) *high fives* kindred spirit!!! I LOVE MAKING PLAYLISTS YOU ARE 1000% RIGHT. so glad you appreciate this wow thank you Andrea!<333

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  5. ABBIEE, YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO US YOUR HUMBLE SUBJECTS!!! Seriously though, playlists are my absolute FAVE, and these are smashingly lovely; two of them are especially perfect for my story (HOW DID YOU KNOW? :)) and I can't wait to get writing to them!

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    1. AAAAAH I'M SO SO SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THESE PLAYLISTS AND YOU FOUND SOME THAT MATCH YOUR STORY <333 that legit brightens my day. thank you!!!

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  6. YYYYAASSSS ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU I NEEDED ALL OF THESE

    Emily Y
    emilyywrites.wordpress.com

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    1. ASDFGHJKFJKLJD I'M SO GLAD THANK YOU EMILY <333

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  7. I'm so excited to listen to these! I can't imagine all the work you've put into creating these playlists but it's much appreciated. I'm always looking around for new music! Thank you!!

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    1. YAY! SO GLAD YOU LIKE THESE PLAYLISTS <33 it was a lot of work, but it was fun. :) thank you so much, Vanessa!

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  8. This is SO amazing! I've been struggling to find the right music to listen to while I write, and these playlists are perfect! Thank you! =)

    Madeline Joy
    towerofjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THESE PLAYLISTS <333 I HOPE THEY HELP YOU OUT :)

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  9. Abbiee, you are an amazing human being, you don't know how often I'm going to resort to these! I was looking through the Losing Hope playlist and saw Rue's Death and I was just like, "Yep, she's got that one covered." Seriously, thank you so much. These will be so helpful.

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. EEEP THANK YOU ELLA MARIE <333 so happy you like these playlists! omg yessss haha :''') James Newton Howard is a genius. HAPPY LISTENING!

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  10. AHHKGKDHKD Abbiee!!!! You are so amazing!! I'm gonna be sharing this post with all of my writer friends. This is incredible and I am forever in your debt for this.
    One question though: how do I find these gorgeous playlists? (still a bit new to spotify)

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    1. WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH CLARISSA <33 you're the best omg :''') oops, I'm sorry I didn't explain that in the post! If you click on the little Spotify logo on any of the players, it will take you to the playlist in a new tab/window, and from there you can follow the playlist (or me lol) if you have a Spotify account. < hopefully that makes sense! I'm not the best at explaining things like this xD

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  11. THIS IS EVERYTHING I NEEDED IN MY LIFE. Thank you sososo much for doing this!! So that I don't have to!! And I can have perfect music!! Every time I write!!

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    1. FSLKFJLASJFODFDKLJ WOW THIS COMMENT BRIGHTENED MY DAY THANK YOU <3333 I HOPE YOU ENJOY ALL THESE PLAYLISTS GRACE!! :')

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  12. AAAAAHHHHH THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!

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    1. YOU ARE MOST WELCOME <33333

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  13. OH MY GOODNESS! I don't even write but I'm looking so forward to listening to all of these, especially because I'm vv bad at making playlists. :P You go, girl!

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    1. AAAAAH THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY THANK YOU!! <333 happy listening! :D

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  14. I LOVE music and I'm listening to these playlists right now... they are PERFECT. Good job!! XD
    I listen to all types of music when I write, depending on the story, scene, 'mood'. ;)
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THESE PLAYLISTS!!!

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    1. I CAN RELATE 10000% KENDRA <3 so glad you like these playlists!!! OMG THIS COMMENT MADE MY DAY :D Happy listening!!

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  15. ADSFGHJAGHF THESE ARE AMAZING!!! You did such a lovely job with the aesthetic of these and I am SO EXCITED to listen to them all!

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    1. EEEEP THANK YOU OLIVIA!! I hope you enjoy listening to these playlists as much as I enjoyed making them!! <333

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  16. Wow, this is epic. I'm not sure which one I want to listen to first, because I plan on exploring most of them (maybe 'happy adventure' because that's the kind of mood I've been in lately?). You are incredible for doing this, and I'm looking forward to discovering some new songs. Thank you! :D Stay awesome, and keep on keeping on with NaNo - I'm sure you're progressing wonderfully. xx

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH JESSICA <333 wow your comments always brighten my day x100000000 !! *hugs* I HOPE YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO THESE PLAYLISTS. The "happy adventure" one is definitely one of my top favorites :D and eeeep I am progressing in NaNo quite well!! THANK YOU AGAIN DEAR <3

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  17. ALL OF THESE PLAYLISTS SOUND GOOD AND OMG THEIR GRAPHICS ARE SO AESTHETIC WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD AT GENERAL AESTHETIC-ING AND THINGS?? PLZ EXPLAIN OH WAIT YOU MADE A POST NVMD

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    1. JULIANNA YOU JUST PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE THANK YOU <33333 *so many hugs* I'm so glad you like these playlists!! AAH IT WAS A LOT OF WORK TO PUT TOGETHER THIS POST BUT SO WORTH IT <3 thank you again!!!

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  18. I loved this Abbiee! Now I need to get on Spotify and make some playlists.

    BTW, the song track "White Hart" from Snow White & the Huntsman would be a great addition to your "Magical New World" playlist. It's very pretty music and I love it. You know, if you want to, but I immediately thought of it when I saw your playlist. :)

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    1. YASSS "White Hart" is incredible.

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    2. THANK YOU SO MUCH REBECCA <3 yes omg definitely get on Spotify!! you will love it!! :) WHOA I JUST LOOKED UP "WHITE HART" AND I LOVE IT AND ADDED IT TO THE MAGICAL NEW WORLD PLAYLIST <3333 THANK YOU FOR THAT !!!!!

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  19. Abbiee, I am so obsessed with ALL OF THESE!!! I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH AND I CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO THEM ALL THE THROUGH AND ASDJFGHJKL MUSIC GODDESS THANK YOU.

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    1. AAAAH OMG THANK YOU EVANGELINE <333 THIS COMMENT TOTALLY BRIGHTENED MY DAY :') *hugs you* I hope you enjoy these playlists!!

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  20. Thank you so much for these, I can't wait to listen to some of them! I listen to playlists on spotify while I write, study, and pretty much while I'm doing anything (well it's gotten to the point where I've almost been banned from listening to music while doing work, oops).

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    1. SAME HERE. SPOTIFY IS A NECESSITY OF LIFE <333 I'm so happy you like this post! and I hope you enjoy listening to these playlists!! EEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH ^.^

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  21. WHY
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    AFGHLAFUIGUSWMXOWSFH.
    Seriously though, I am going to listen to these!!! I love listening to movie soundtracks, here are some of my favorite: Pirates of the Caribbean (for action scenes), Pride and Prejudice (for impactful scenes), Mr. Megorium's Wonder Emporium (for scenes full or perspective and remorse), BBC Emma (for witty/sad scenes) and Downton Abbey (for emotionally intense scenes). SO YES I LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE WRITING.

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    1. ASDFGHINFICLSKLAIKLDSFKLSH THANK YOU AMELIA RUTH YOU ARE THE BEST <33333 ooooh all those soundtracks you listed!! I love the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack SO MUCH and Emma is awesome too and YES TO DOWNTON ABBEY FOREVER AND ALWAYS. I'm totally going to check out the others that you mentioned!! <3

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  22. I want to write my entire comment in capitol letters - THAT IS HOW HAPPY I AM. Girl, how long did it take you to make these? I know how much work goes into creating playlists, but goodness! 17?!? And two kinds?!?! - YOU REALLY DO LOVE US, WOW.

    Mostly I enjoy stalking the playlists before I listen to them, ha. I saw James Newton Howard's "The Forbidden Line," and I danced a little inside. The Village soundtrack is getting me through NaNoWriMo like nothing else is.

    I'm sure you don't need anymore music suggestions, but here's one anyway: Signs - James Newton Howard. The soundtrack isn't on Spotify (shame on them), but it fits so well with your "Something Is Up" playlist. Aaahhh, it's so epic and creepy and beautifully written.

    I have enough music to get me through the rest of the year, and I'm so happy.
    k.

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    1. AAAAAAH I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THESE PLAYLISTS *HUGS YOU AND GIVES YOU WAFFLES* haha yes it did take a while to make all these...it's been kind of an ongoing process (thank you Spotify for letting me keep playlists secret lol) for about a month or two. xD I'M A BIT OBSESSED I KNOW. :') it's fine.

      THE FORBIDDEN LINE OH MY GOSH AFLKSJFLK YES that song is pure magic I cannot even <3333 THE WHOLE VILLAGE SOUNDTRACK YES YES YES !!! (also now I REALLY REALLY WANT TO READ YOUR NOVEL aaaah) OOOOH I'LL TOTALLY CHECK THAT SOUNDTRACK OUT! James Newton Howard is a WIZARD. <3 that sounds awesome.

      !!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH KEIRA :'''')

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  23. QUEEN ABBIE BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE BEST POSTS EVERRR. THIS MUST HAVE TAKEN SO LONG YOU ARE A QUEEEEN. ahem.

    I could not write in silence, it seems so ominous, especially if I'm writing a heart wrenching scene. But songs with words always distract me because I tend to sing along and then write the lyrics... bad bad BAD.

    Also I saw 2Cellos on one of the playlists... yesssss

    ~ noor / bookmarkd

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    1. AAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH NOOR <333 YOUR COMMENTS ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE :)))) I totally relate about both writing in silence and writing while listening to music with words!! I GET SO DISTRACTED BY LYRICS OMG xD it's a problem.

      2CELLOS IS AMAZING <3333333

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  24. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I cannot even imagine how much work you put into these playlists oh my. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and wow. Don't mind me, I'm just casually stalking you on Spotify and stealing all of these recommendations RIGHT NOW.

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    1. THANK YOU KATE MARIE <333 I HOPE YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO THESE PLAYLISTS!!! *hugs* wow I'm so honored STALK ALL YOU LIKE my dear!! :')

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  25. THIS. IS. THE. BEST. THING. EVER. TOTALLY. USING. IT. FOREVER. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

    For real tho. YOU ARE THE BOMB. <3

    xx Kenzie

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      <33333 LOVE YOU

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  26. These are the BESSSTTTT!!! Thank you!

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  27. I'VE LISTENED TO ALOMST ALL THE SONGS IN YOUR EPIC TRAILER MUSIC PLAYLIST?? I love them all: Ruelle, Zayde Wolfe, Hidden Citizens (!!!!)....have you seen my youtube playlist per chance? All such good songs, THANK YOU!

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  28. the perfection that this is. wow.

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  29. LIFESAVER?????
    i struggle so much with having good music to write to ahhh u rock I LOVE THIS

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    1. i'm not even gonna use this just for writing it's perfect to be customised to my moods ??? hehe thanku

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  30. YOU ARE A BLESSING OH MY GOSH. <3<3<3<3

    I've honestly always gotten so overwhelmed at the thought of making writing playlists that I've never done it?? That's probably kind of crazy, but true. With my last book, I just listened to a ton of Ben Rector, and this year it's been lots of Sleeping at Last.

    I'm so pumped to listen to all of these playlists!! Your music taste is always %%%%%

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  31. Awesome, Abbie! I looked up all your Spotify playlists and will be listening to them on my commute.

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  32. Hi
    I was just googling music to draw by and I came across all your music. So good thank you. I am following you on Spotify and I will be sharing your playlists with my Year 1 class to inspire their creative side. Cheers

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