They say every story has a muse, but mine was never a person: it was always a reaction to music, how a song would affect me, and how I could use that song to encapsulate a moment in my novel–sometimes a pivitol one or even some fun ones.

So…wanna know which ones they are?

Here is my definitive list of allll the inspo I needed whilst writing XXII (As much as I would like to tell you what scene was inspired or aided by these songs, I hate spoilers, so after tomorrow and as you’re reading, I’m sure you’ll be able to put two and two together!)

1. Hallelujah, Rufus Wainwright

God, you guys, this song really knocked it out of the park for me. Always got me in the zone for some of the tougher scenes to write.

2. My Skin, Natalie Merchant

Again, aided me in the toughest of scenes. It’s such a poignant and captivating song, and moreover, it’s damn sad and it helped me get to the headspace I needed.

3. While We Were Dreaming, The Pink Mountaintops

This song has had my heart since I first heard it in the movie Charlie St. Cloud. The lyrics, the ethereal vibe–literally, all of it was sublime and def helpful.

4. With Love, Christina Grimmie

I heard this song for the first time after I had learned of her tragic passing. This song–god, she was really something special and taken way too soon. Give the song a listen, if you can.

5. You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy), Grace

This song had the edge I needed when writing Madison. It’s punchy, it’s raunchy, and it got me into her crazy-ass headspace. Def catchy as hell.

6. Bad Things, MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) feat. Camila Cabello

I think the lyrics speak for themselves here, y’all. It’s just a sexy, badass song and it fits Mads…if ya catch my drift 😉 #nospoilersallowed

7. The Scientist, Corinne Bailey Rae (Version)

There are many covers of this song, and I used to have them on repeat for some of the darker and tough scenes I had to get through, but as soon as I heard her version, I immediately liked it a whole hell of a lot more, although the writing was complete. It’s just a bitchin’ version.

8. Somewhere Only We Know, Lily Allen (Version)


9. Dust to Dust, The Civil Wars

“It’s not your eyes, it’s not what you say, it’s not your laughter that gives you away. You’re just lonely. You’ve been lonely too long.” THIS. [cue mic drop]

And that’s about all I got for you, loves! Do any of you listen to anything to pump you up or get you to the proper headspace while writing? Any sad songs worth mentioning. I’m a masochist for sad songs…#help

Let me know in the comments section below! While you’re down there, make sure you enter your email for all the latest on XXII, and tomorrow, you’re going to make sure you’re following me for a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE INVITATION!!!!

Can’t wait for tomorrow, y’all. I love you.

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XOXO, lo♥


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