Music That Drives My Writing | Film Score Edition

It’s no secret that music breathes life into my writing sessions. I know many fellow authors who do better in silence. I, for one, am very much driven in my craft by a song’s flow. This method has yet to steer me wrong.

For those who know me, this list shouldn’t come as a surprise, as my five favorite composers are: Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Joe Hisaishi, John Williams and James Horner. Okay, so not all of these songs are instrumentals, but their flow together in my Spotify really gets my creative juices flowing.

For today’s musically charged post, I’m sharing eight instrumental songs that drive my writing. I hope you’ll also check out other posts I have for this “Music That Drives My Writing” blog series – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, the Kpop Edition. This is Part 4, unsurprisingly heavy on the Hans Zimmer.

1. “Cornfield Chase” by Hans Zimmer

2. “Star Trek Into Darkness Main Theme” by Michael Giacchino

3. “Cap’s Promise” by Henry Jackman

4. “Why Do We Fall” by Hans Zimmer

5. “Code of Conduct” by Hans Zimmer

6. “The Healing” by James Newton Howard

7. “Halo 2 Theme, Gungnir Mix” by Paul Lipson, Lennie Moore, Tom Salta, Brian Trifon, Brian Lee White, Steve Vai

8. “Jake’s First Flight” by James Horner


  1. Great list. I love soundtracks. I feel so out of my depth with music. I’d love to be more knowledge about it, but it’s an underdeveloped aspect of my creativity.

    1. My favorite composers are James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Joe Hisaishi, Michael Giachinno and John Williams. Their music is a great place to add some more pep to your playlist 👌🏻

      1. Thank you! I love Hans Zimmer, John Williams and James Horner. I must check out the others.

      2. Joe Hisaishi does scores for a lot of Studio Ghibli films. Michael Giachinno does a lot of action/adventure compsitions, including the Star Trek 2009+ films.

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