What Is On Your Bad Writing Day Playlist? #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting


We all have bad writing days. A bad writing day is when all literary hope has disappeared. You might have been on the receiving end of a few rejections, you might have been given some stinging criticism from a moody beta-reader or you might be finding that your words are not showing any signs of promise.

Cue your frustrated wail!

So, in your hour of need – what do you turn to? Wine? Chocolate? Netflix? Twitter? An uninterested loved one watching the sport on TV? A bored pet?

Once you have found the bottom of that bottle of Shiraz in the wine rack, polished off a huge slab of chocolate, trawled Netflix, tweeted a number of amusing writing quotes with gifs, tried to kiss an uninterested loved one who is engrossed in the football and confessed some troubling literary thoughts to a bored pet, its time to turn to your bad writing day playlist!

I am a big fan of playlists for different writing situations.

Currently I have playlists for:

  • All my draft novels. A bit like creating your own film soundtrack.
  • When I am feeling positive about my writing. Rarely played.
  • Writer’s block. I need tunes with a good pulsating beat to get me going again.
  • When I finally get a book published or self published. Currently unplayed and gathering dust!
  • When my characters are feeling romantic. Slushy love songs.
  • When my characters are…getting it on! ❤️ A different set of songs to the romance ones. Sigh!
  • When a character of mine dies. A collection of deep, soul searching songs.
  • A bad writing day. It’s a popular playlist – lol.

When creating a bad writing day playlist you want to find songs which:

  • Motivate you.
  • Get you moving again.
  • Put that smile back on your face.
  • Drown out those negative thoughts.

Here’s what is on my bad writing day playlist:

  • ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ – D-Ream. Very uplifting!
  • ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey. Love it!
  •  ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson. What doesn’t kill you in the writing world only makes you stronger!
  • Scream & Shout’ – Will.i.am feat. Britney Spears. Sometimes screaming and shouting helps during a bad writing day.
  • ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ – Bonnie Tyler. A bad writing day is when you need a hero.
  • ‘Jump Around’ – House of Pain. Sometimes jumping around works.
  • ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’. Cher. Don’t we all wish we could turn back time on a draft that makes our beta readers groan?
  • ‘Shake It Off’ – Taylor Swift. Get out of your chair and shake it off!
  • ‘I Don’t Care!’ – Cheryl. Sing this to your stinky draft!
  • ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – Katrina and the Waves. This song gets you smiling!
  • ‘Footloose’ – Kenny Loggins. Go outside and dance your literary troubles away writer!

I would love to know what is on your bad writing day playlist?

I hope you have a great day!


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

27 thoughts on “What Is On Your Bad Writing Day Playlist? #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

  1. Gosh now that’s something I don’t do… I usually just mope. So I need to make my own Crack n Sniff list now! If they don’t perk you up nothing will.

    1. Please let me know what would be on your list Shelley, I have got lots of music ideas running through my head for you, I can see you jiving and rocking it out to all sorts 😉

  2. I’ve never thought of a playlist for that! I suspect mine would be full of 80s popular music to take me back to my hey-days and pep me up. Duran Duran, definitely!!

  3. Ahh great choices! Got a few decades worth of uplifting stuff in there! Great idea creating playlists for your novels, almost like an audio moodboard. I’ll be trying these out, thanks! One of my uplifting choices would be Five-Keep on moving or Garry Shyman-Praan (for the latter listen to it as the backing for this video – I defy you not to feel better!) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

  4. I love your song list Lucy! If I’m having a bad writing day, I take a walk and listen to anything by Jackson Brown, Michael Buble (if I’m stuck on a romantic scene-always helps), or any 70’s soft rock.
    Great post, as usual. Have a wonderful day!

  5. I love this idea! I may need to steal your playlist! 😉 I’m just starting work on a new novel, and I truly love the idea of different playlists depending what you’re working on/ feeling. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Lucy! I’m sick and blowing my nose like crazy today. It’s definitely not a good writing day, but I’m making progress with a cup of hot chocolate and my playlist. Your bad writing day playlist would work for me! Mine is all Top 40 upbeat tunes. Katy Perry’s Chained to the Rhythm just finished. I love that song. … It’s back to writing dialogue for me!

    P.S. – I once wrote an entire book while listening to ’50s oldies. 🙂

  7. Love the music selection and versatility. I also find that creating playlists provides an emotional space and mindset for me to be creative, spontaneous and motivated in writing. if I had to name my current writer’s block playlist.

    Clarity – Jay-Z
    The Seed – The Roots
    Clint Eastwood -Gorillaz
    Chasing Pavements -Adele
    Ironic -Alanis Morissette
    Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
    Scars to your Beautiful – Alessia Cara
    Bounce Back – Big Sean
    Trouble – Cage the Elephant
    Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
    Here is Gone -Goo Goo Dolls
    Little Talks -Of Monsters and Men
    Bullet Proof Soul -Sade
    Tru -Lloyd
    Bittersweet Poetry -Kanye West
    The Vapors -Jhene Aiko
    What’s up -4 Non Blondes
    Cool Kids -Echosmith

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