The Write Stuff: My Writing Playlist

By now it’s no secret that I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While that is serious, it is manageable, I just have to put certain tools and process into place in order to maintain my levels of productivity. One of my favorite dopamine producing activities while I write is listening to music.

This is another divisive issue among writers — some have to listen to music while they write, others find it distracting. I am someone that has to listen to music, it helps me shift into my creative headspace. Here’s why my brain becomes the ever-loving pain in the ass that it has been: it just be any music I’m listening to, it has to be the right music. It has to be energetic and heavy, melodic and pleasing to the ear. It came to a point where I had to program a specific playlist that my brain could immediately snap to writing mode to.

Before I reveal that playlist to you, I need to go over the history of the playlist. For you younger readers, I was a teenager at a time when you could illegally download music (at the expense of giving your computer an STD). After you’d downloaded a ton of songs, you’d burn them onto a physical medium called a Compact Disc, or CD. After Metallica & Dr. Dre sued everyone who owned a computer, downloading music became an even more underground affair and the STDs your computer caught were even worse. Eventually, Apple came along and made downloading a safer experience, even innovating the world’s most complete Mp3 player: the iPod. You kids and your Spotify didn’t know the horror of only having so much space on an Mp3 player and having to choose which of your favorite songs was like being asked to pick a child to be thrown off a cliff. After the Mp3 player and the iPod, we’re in the age of streaming. We stream music, movies, funny videos, and blatant lies.

I also need you to know something about those of us with ADHD: we hyperfocus on select things. So while I couldn’t be bothered to do my Algebra homework, I could spend hours putting together the perfect list of music — I still do, that’s why I’m writing this today.

What makes me feel good about my writing playlist is that Stephen King writes to heavy music too. In a small way, that makes me feel like I’m taking steps in the right …or the “write” direction? (They can’t all be winners).

Without further delay, the playlist I write to:

The Write Stuff

If you’d like to listen to this playlist on Spotify, follow this link: https://spoti.fi/31OoT9g

  1. “A Better Believer” – Volbeat
  2. “Diary of Jane” – Breaking Benjamin
  3. “Would?” – Alice in Chains
  4. “Psychosocial” – Slipknot
  5. “Master of Puppets” – Metallica
  6. “Mudshovel” – Staind
  7. “Black & White” – Static-X
  8. “Mother” – Danzig
  9. “Simple Minded” – Dragpipe
  10. “Edgecrusher” – Fear Factory
  11. “Time and Time Again” – Papa Roach
  12.  “Now or Never” – Dope
  13. “Movies” – Alien Ant Farm
  14. “Remedy” – Cold
  15. “Awake” – Godsmack
  16. “Soft” – Second Coming
  17. “Bodies” – Drowning Pool
  18. “Break Stuff” – Limp Bizkit
  19. “Headstrong” – Trapt
  20. “Happy?” – Mudvayne
  21. “When Worlds Collide” – Powerman 5000
  22. “The Red” – Chevelle
  23. “Poem” – Taproot
  24. “Voodoo” – Godsmack
  25. “Alive” – P.O.D.
  26. “Through Glass” – Stone Sour
  27. “Change (In the House of Flies)” – Deftones
  28. “New Disease” – Spineshank
  29. “Stupify” – Disturbed
  30. “Bawitdaba” – Kid Rock
  31. “She Loves Me Not” – Papa Roach
  32. “Hail to the King” – Avenged Sevenfold
  33. “Thunder Kiss ‘65” – White Zombie
  34. “Savior” – Rise Against
  35. “Nobody” – Skindred
  36. “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
  37. “South Texas Deathride” – The Union Underground
  38. “Hey Man (Nice Shot)” – Filter
  39. “Man in the Box” – Alice in Chains
  40. “Save Yourself” – Stabbing Westward
  41. “Lit Up” – Buckcherry
  42. “Unsung” – Helmet
  43. “Sliter” – Velvet Revolver
  44. “Pride” – Soil
  45. “Tears Don’t Fall” – Bullet For My Valentine
  46. “Hell Yeah” – Rev Theory
  47. “Shut Me Up” – Mindless Self Indulgence
  48. “Revenge” – Mindless Self Indulgence
  49. “Two Weeks” – All That Remains
  50. “The Key to Gramercy Park” – Deadsy
  51. “Polyamorous” – Breaking Benjamin
  52. “Bat Country” – Avenged Sevenfold
  53. “Falling Down” – Atreyu
  54. “Square Hammer” – Ghost
  55. “Prayer” – Disturbed
  56. “The Clincher” – Chevelle
  57. “The Outsider” – A Perfect Circle
  58. “I Could Care Less” – DevilDriver
  59. “Still Counting” – Volbeat
  60. “All That’s Left” – Thrice
  61. “Flesh Into Gear” – CKY
  62. “This is Now” – Hatebreed
  63. “Ace of Spades” – Motörhead
  64. “Push It” – Static-X
  65. “Wait & Bleed” – Slipknot
  66. “Dig” – Mudvayne
  67. “I Stand Alone” – Godsmack
  68. “Boom” – P.O.D.
  69. “Last Resort” – Papa Roach
  70. “Downfall” – TRUSTcompany
  71. “Got the Life” – Korn
  72. “Before I Forget” – Slipknot
  73. “Denial” – Sevendust
  74. “Walk” – Pantera
  75. “Getting Away With Murder” – Papa Roach
  76. “Spit it Out” – Slipknot
  77. “Killing in the Name” – Rage Against the Machine
  78. “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie
  79. “Bombshell” – Powerman 5000
  80. “Party Hard” – Andrew WK
  81. “So Cold” – Breaking Benjamin
  82. “30/30-150” – Stone Sour
  83. “Faith” – Limp Bizkit
  84. “No Surprise” – Theory of a Deadman
  85. “Stupid Girl” – Cold
  86. “Duality” – Slipknot
  87. “Suffocate” – Cold
  88. “More Human Than Human” – White Zombie
  89. “Smooth Criminal” – Alien Ant Farm
  90. “I Hate Everything About You” – Three Days Grace
  91. “Stitches” – Orgy
  92. “Bottom of a Bottle” – Smile Empty Soul
  93. “Calling” – Taproot
  94. “Die MF Die” – Dope
  95. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
  96. “Blue Monday” – Orgy
  97. “Send the Pain Below” – Chevelle
  98. “Broken Home” – Papa Roach
  99. “Feel So Numb” – Rob Zombie
  100. “Breakdown” – Tantric
  101. “No One” – Cold
  102. “Chop Suey!” – System of a Down
  103. “Across the Nation” – The Union Underground
  104. “Nookie” – Limp Bizkit
  105. “Just Got Wicked” – Cold
  106. “Solitaire / Unraveling” – Mushroomhead
  107. “Death Blooms” – Mudvayne
  108. “Toxicity” – System of a Down
  109. “Whatever” – Godsmack
  110. “Step Up” – Drowning Pool
  111. “Broken” – 12 Stones
  112. “Satellite” – P.O.D.
  113. “Bother” – Stone Sour
  114. “…To Be Loved” – Papa Roach
  115. “Heaven Nor Hell” – Volbeat
  116. “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” – Chevelle
  117. “Fine Again” – Seether
  118. “The Bleeding” – Five Finger Death Punch
  119. “This is the New S***” – Marilyn Manson
  120. “Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)” – Rob Zombie
  121. “I Don’t Wanna Stop” – Ozzy Osbourne
  122. “Becoming the Bull” – Atreyu
  123. “My Goddess” – The Exies
  124. “Stronger” – TRUSTcompany
  125. “No Surprise” – Theory of a Deadman
  126. “Santa Monica” – Theory of a Deadman
  127. “A Warrior’s Call” – Volbeat
  128. “Cold” – Crossfade
  129. “Prayer of the Refugee” – Rise Against
  130. “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
  131. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
  132. “One Step Closer” – Linkin Park
  133. “Between Angels & Insects” – Papa Roach
  134. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Dope
  135. “Nimble Bastard” – Incubus
  136. “She Hates Me” – Puddle of Mudd
  137. “Judith” – A Perfect Circle
  138. “Left Behind” – Slipknot
  139. “Sugar” – System of a Down
    “Spaceship” – Puddle of Mudd
  140. “Famous” – Puddle of Mudd

If you made it this far, I appreciate your dedication to music and reading my blogs!

Until your next trip across the Millerverse.

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