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Guest Post: Jennie Marts on Writing and Music

Stolen Away Jennie Marts

Music is a powerful thing. It can bring up deep emotions, make you feel happy, or sad, or instantly bring back a memory of another time. But it can also help you write. And I’ve found that the music that I listen to makes a difference in the way that I write.

I know a lot of writers that listen to particular music for certain books, whether it be love songs or rock ballads, some even creating whole soundtracks for their books. I can’t do that. I can listen to certain songs when I’m plotting, songs that set the tone or the feel for the story. But when I’m actually writing, I like it to either be quiet or to have music that is only instrumental, otherwise I get caught up listening to the lyrics instead of my own internal flow of words.

The last year, I have changed my writing routine. In order to increase my production, I have plotted more heavily, and I participate in writing sprints with a few other authors. We set a timer for 30 or 40 minutes, then commit to write with no distractions for that time, then report our word count numbers. We often meet at Panera to sprint, and on those days, I wear noise cancelling headphones and play music. And I’ve noticed an interesting dynamic. The slower the music, the fewer words that I write.

I originally used a Pandora list of guitar instrumental or piano instrumental, but when I changed my playlist to a more upbeat tempo, my word count almost doubled. What is this secret speedy music that I write to? Instrumental bluegrass. That’s right! When the banjos are a pickin’ and a grinnin’, my fingers are flying. The upbeat sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar create a rhythm that my fingers automatically try to keep up with.

So, if you’re trying to write faster, and you already have the story in your head, try a little bluegrass and see if it doesn’t get your fingers moving and your word count higher.

In my latest book, Stolen Away—the third book in the Hearts of Montana series, Elusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up at his ranch with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.

Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.

It’s a story of redemption and second chances and finding the courage to stand up for yourself and take a chance on love, and Emma and Cash make their own kind of music.

Stolen Away released September 26th, and I can’t wait for you to meet Cash and Emma and fall in love with them the way I did. To keep on top of all my news, including sales and new releases, please visit to sign up for my newsletter and I would love to invite you to join my street team, Jennie’s Page Turners.

I would love to hear how you think music changes your productivity, whether it’s writing or cleaning house, or working out. And be sure to enter my Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win!

Thanks again and I hope you love the new book. Happy Reading!

Jennie MartsUSA TODAY Best-selling author Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing, and reviewers call her books “laugh out loud funny” and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.


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