My Writing Playlist: 3 (Tiga)

3 (Tiga)
No, I’m not releasing an album. I just edited the picture myself out of boredom

A lot of people has been asking me, what kind of music do I listen to when I am writing my novels?

Now the truth is, I don’t necessarily need music to keep me in the zone. Of course I listen to them, but I wouldn’t consider music as my absolute writing essentials. I do have to admit, that music can help writers picture certain scenes better when used—which is practically what I am using music for: to help me write certain scenes that would be rather hard to write otherwise.

Below are the tracks I listened to when I was writing my novel, 3 (Tiga)


3 (Tiga)


Sayonara (さよなら) – Nishino Kana (西野カナ)

Issen Ichibyou (一千一秒) – EXILE TAKAHIRO

Tori no Uta (鳥の詩) – LIA

Tori no Uta (鳥の詩) ~Piano Version~  / Feather in Dreams – Takaishi Shinobu (鷹石しのぶ)

I used to listen to these tracks when I was writing 3 (Tiga), back in 2013.

Granted, I wrote 3 (Tiga) as a NaNoWriMo project, so music had been rather important to block off outside noise because I couldn’t really be picky at choosing a writing spot. I listened to the first track, Sayonara, to help me understand Nakamura’s guilt. The second song, Issen Ichibyou, is basically what I’d call “the Sakamoto song”, for obvious reasons (you can google the meaning of the lyrics, and it will make sense).

If Issen Ichibyou is Sakamoto’s song, then Tori no Uta would be Hashimoto’s song. It really helped me to get into Hashimoto’s head—why she had committed the suicide, and what she was really thinking before she took her own life. The song has a special place in my heart because the music is so haunting; the lyrics so poetic. The fourth song is basically a piano reprise of the same song, to show just how much I love this track.

Alicia Lidwina 2017


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