As I sit writing this, Chole x Halle’s, “Do it” is playing in my ear. Am I distracted while I’m writing to this? Yes, I am. I’m grooving in my chair more than anything else. Before we start, please feel free to listen to the songs while reading.

Chloe X Halle Reaction GIF by Music Choice

So, the question pops up: KT do you write with music?

Yes, I do. It’s based on the character, the scene, or the moment. There are sometimes where I need pure silence to hear my characters. Then there are times when I’m about to do a character intro or a prologue and I need music to set the moment for me.

Look At This Follow Me GIF by The Animal Crackers Movie

Let me show you an example. In the prologue of Red Revenge, I plugged my earphones in, and I thought about a song that would showcase the way Ethan would feel. He was losing so much in that moment. I needed songs that inspire hurt, the hurt of losing something special. I dug deep for songs that would match his emotions. By the way, this can be the most time-consuming thing to do. However, I found the songs they were:

  • Korn ft Amylee – “Freak on the leash”
  • Amylee & Seether – “Broken”
  • Linkin Park – “Numb”

korn GIFchester bennington GIF

Then there was a moment where I need to show elegance, arrogance, and insanity. I chose one of my favs “Nessun Dorman” by Luciano Pavarotti. The song was so perfect for the moment that I included it in the scene. Pavarotti makes me happy. I love opera, I love music period.

italian opera GIF

However, I know what will interest you the most. You want to know what songs I use for my sex scenes.

Since these songs are close to my heart and I am still using them, I will give you three. Remember these songs are based on the scene. Like, is this a lovemaking session? Or is it just a f##? Is it the first time they are about to have sex. Or is this the second scene with them. Were they arguing before or was it a moment of— they both stop and look at each other and they move in slowly.

Here are some examples of songs I use for a sex scene:

  • Jeremih – “F#$k you all the time”
  • Nine inch Nails – “Closer”
  • Boosie Badazz feat Mulatto – “Nasty Nasty”

god wants me to ball GIF by Boosie Badazz

See three completely different songs, but they are all great for a good sex scene. There is a running joke in my home that I look like a lady and believe me I am. But if you pull the earphone out of my ears, your eyes may open wide with the music you hear. Let me think of another example. Oh, I know the moment when love hits a character.

When Ethan realizes he still loved Red, the three mains songs were:

  • Billie Eilish – “I love you”
  • Slipknot – “Prosthetic” (I know you are searching, don’t let the rock scare you. The song shaped Ethan.)
  • Ambassador – “Unsteady”

Billie Eilish Oscars GIF by The Academy Awards(sigh i love Billie)

Yesterday, I was in a mood for Da baby. One of my favorites is the verse from the Da baby in Meg the Stallion’s “Cash Sh*T”. This morning I was listening to “I like him” by Princess Nokia and then “Enta Omri” (umm kulthum) by Warda. Then I moved to “Family” by Skinny Fabulous, Bunji Garlin, and Machel Montano. From rap to soca to Arabic, that’s what happens.

Carnival Bermuda GIF by BermemesBaby Bop GIF by NOW That's Music

In fact, yesterday, I was looking for a song for a scene, I found it. Then I realize, I was singing the wrong words, so I ended doing karaoke to it. Yes, I’m that silly. I’m not even ashamed. I am what I am. My point is music plays a huge part in my writing it helps to create a mood, a scene, and even a character temperament.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Till next time



xoxo GIF

P.S. I know you may be wondering: “Does KT keep a note of the songs that she uses?” The answer is yes, I do. Chaotic notes, but I do keep notes. Check the pic below.


Natesha Smith
August 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm

I love you KT don’t ever change. I love the crazy to your method.

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