Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing

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Last week, we asked Writer’s Digest readers on Facebook and Twitter what they like to listen to while they’re in the midst of crafting their next great novel or short story. The response was so overwhelming that we ended up with enough recommendations for several playlists spanning multiple genres. Unable to choose from among the genres, we decided to build one for each. Whether you prefer to write to calming classical music, contemporary instrumentals, soundtracks, or even heavy metal, we’ll share a different playlist each weekend for the next few weeks.

[Related: How Writers Can Find Inspiration in Music]

Because the majority of responders recommended instrumental and classical music, we’ll begin with a classical playlist for writing, including 75 works from a wide range of Romantic and Baroque composers—Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi—as well as some more contemporary composers such as Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. For the most part, these are all instrumental, with the exception of a few famous operatic pieces by Verdi and others. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any of your favorites and we’ll update.

Next week, we’ll feature a playlist for writing with more cinematic instrumentals, including some of our favorite songs from movie and game soundtracks.

We hope you enjoy!

A Playlist for Writing: Calming Classical Favorites & Instrumentals


Tune in to Writer’s Digest Radio next week for a selection of instrumental music from soundtracks!


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3 thoughts on “Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing

  1. bryanpitchford

    Jess, is there something I could search for on Spotify to find this playlist on my app? I’ve tried “Writer’s Digest Radio” and a few combinations of “Playlist for Writing: Calming Classical Favorites & Instrumentals”.

    1. Jess Zafarris Post author

      Hey Bryan—this direct link should work in-browser. From there, you should be able to follow it or open it in the app. https://open.spotify.com/user/128152540/playlist/01Lb43ih6orwUqYV8ew5Jc#_=_

      I was also able to search for it using “Writer’s Digest Radio”—but I’ll check to see if I have any settings in place that would prevent other people from doing so.

      Let me know if you’re still having trouble finding it and I’ll toubleshoot further. Thanks for listening!

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