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Darzian
09-15-2008, 08:59 AM
Have you tried playing music as you write? Do you find it distracting or inspiring? I actually write somewhat better with some music playing in the background (usually pop). I guess most people wouldn't like it but it seems to stimulate my brain.:tongue

Salem
09-15-2008, 09:07 AM
I get distracted too easily by music. I end up singing along instead of writing.

scottVee
09-15-2008, 09:08 AM
Hi. I usually have music playing. I've heard writers who say they try to match the music exactly to whatever scenes they're writing, but seems like overkill. Music in any form is powerful. It provides a disconnect from the boring real world, and that's enough.

Oh, another post appeared. Comically I can sing along without the least distractions. It's like it's happening in another dimension.

Darzian
09-15-2008, 09:19 AM
I get distracted too easily by music. I end up singing along instead of writing.

And then you subconsciously type in the words from the song, publish your book and end up getting sued by whoever wrote the song. :D

Ms Hollands
09-15-2008, 10:28 AM
I need noise...maybe because I always did my homework with the background noise of family, TVs, cats, dogs rather than sit upstairs alone in my bedroom. I think I do my best writing when crap, boring TV at 3am is on!

During the day, music from my laptop does the trick, and means I can sit in the sun and write AND have the noise of music and cars and cows.

Mumut
09-15-2008, 10:43 AM
I have classical music in the background. I soon don't notice it's there so when I get up to start cooking in the afternoon I hear someone talking on the back veranda and get a shock until I realise it's the announcer.

Donkey
09-15-2008, 11:21 AM
I listen to music all of the time. When I eat, read, sculpt, work out or write. '
The big difference is that when I write, I don't listen to anything with vocals. Strictly instrumental. Otherwise, it becomes a distraction, because I love to sing. Doesn't even matter if I don't know the words. lol
As Scott said, music is very powerful. It can influence your mood dramatically. Be careful what you listen to when you're doing something as important as writing the great American novel. ;)

nicolen
09-15-2008, 12:06 PM
I can't have music on while I'm writing or I'll get distracted. But for some reason, I can have the TV on and it's not a problem, depending on which channel I have on - food or living TV is great, sport or movies will distract me.

Travis J. Smith
09-15-2008, 05:33 PM
At first I actually listened to music while writing. Now, it's just background noise. To give you an idea of what I mean by that, I turned down the volume on my iPod as low as it can go when I was using my good earbuds and it was too loud and distracting.

Though, it depends on where I'm at mentally sometimes. From time to time I like having the music turned up a little more because the lyrics help spark my creativity from time to time.

Edit: However, when I am revising/rewriting, I want quiet. Not absolute silence, because that would drive me nuts. A constant noise, like the ceiling fan or air conditioner, suffices. This doesn't work so well when my dad's at the computer, outside the door and a couple feet away making every noise imaginable.

tehuti88
09-15-2008, 06:04 PM
I can usually tune things out when I write (reading is another story). But that's just the point--why listen to music during writing if I'm not even going to be hearing it? To me it's like turning on a light and then leaving the room. The light is on, illuminating stuff, but it's not really serving any purpose other than using electricity. Plus, as someone else said, if it's a song I like then I'll want to listen to it instead of write.

This isn't to say I hate music--I adore it, and have mentioned how I envision certain scenes of mine to it in other threads around here--but during the writing PROCESS itself, it serves no purpose. *shrug*

Darzian
09-15-2008, 06:29 PM
Tehuti! Love your avatar!

niratisaya
09-15-2008, 06:48 PM
For me music is like the air that I breath, so yeah, I need them when I want to write something. But got it set with the atmosphere that I need. Most of it instrumental tough... But sometimes I work with tv or just the sound of my crickets...

stuckupmyownera
09-15-2008, 06:52 PM
I can't write with music on, although if I'm writing a screenplay I'll often pause to listen to a particular track, because I always soundtrack it in my head.

Having said that, my husband plays music ALL the time and I can't escape it, so I've had to learn to tune it out a bit. Silence is much better for my writing process though.

wordmonkey
09-15-2008, 07:14 PM
I make playlists that go with the mood, vibe, period, whatever that I'm writing.

I was working on something that was set in the 80s, so I hit the 80's channel on XM. I am currently working on a project that is linked to Beowulf, so it's the Lord of the Rings Soundtracks.

I find the noise is something I need (as said above) but the music helps set the mood and get me thinking in a set way.

Shadow_Ferret
09-15-2008, 07:17 PM
I have classical music in the background. I soon don't notice it's there so when I get up to start cooking in the afternoon I hear someone talking on the back veranda and get a shock until I realise it's the announcer.
Classical is far too distracting. I have to listen to music I've heard a lot so that I don't focus on it. I guess I could listen to 1812, or Pictures at an Exhibition, or Bolera, those are about the only ones I've heard often enough not to find distracting.

I listen to Black Sabbath. I've heard every song of their's since I was in High School. I enjoy the music and when I'm concentrating on my story, the music fades into my subconscious. If I pause to think about the story, the song moves forward and I can enjoy it as a distraction. I'm kind of strange that way.

SPMiller
09-15-2008, 07:17 PM
I do believe there's an entire subforum devoted to this topic, not to mention the many threads on this subject created in the past ;)

tehuti88
09-16-2008, 01:41 AM
Tehuti! Love your avatar!

Oh! :o Why...thank you! :D

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-16-2008, 01:43 AM
I find it inspiring!

I don't always listen to a song that "matches" the part I'm writing though. Once I was listening to a Swedish-bubblegum-pop song while writing about a man being mangled in an alley.

And it came out pretty good. :D

River
09-16-2008, 03:14 AM
I always seem to write better when I listen to music. I don't know why, it just comes out more...creatively or something. The stuff I've written without listening to music never seems to be quite as good. And yeah, usually I try to listen to music that at least has a little to do with what I'm writing about at the time.

I just got Metro Station's new album and that really helps me write....for some reason.

bsolah
09-16-2008, 03:40 AM
I make playlists that go with the mood, vibe, period, whatever that I'm writing.

I'm currently in the process of doing this.

Music is great to create or enhance your mood and/or atmosphere. If I'm writing an angry scene, I listen to metal; angsty, emo or screamo; action or fast, rock or punk; love or slow, sappy or slow rock.

At times music can be distracting for me, at other times I can tune it out and just thrive off the mood or atmosphere of the music. It depends on how "into" my story I am. If I'm not inspired or don't know where the story is going, it's easy to just stop and listen to the music.

At the moment, I'm outlining a novel, and I'm adding songs to chapters that fit the mood.

JLCwrites
09-16-2008, 04:28 AM
Writing a story - classical (lyrics distract me)

Writing poetry - no music.

dirtsider
09-16-2008, 04:49 AM
Sometimes I can listen to music while I write, sometimes it's too distracting. But I am creating a soundtrack of sorts that fits the story. Not exactly scene for scene but the mood.

As for the music itself, sometimes I need classical, sometimes it's Disturbed or most recently Abney Park or the soundtrack to the new BSG series.

Deccydiva
09-16-2008, 01:58 PM
I don't usually have music on, although in the evenings I have the TV on. If I do choose music it has to be exactly right to inspire me and that depends on lots of things!
Like TurkeyLurkey, I can only write poetry in silence. As I leave it right up to the deadline my magazine editor has set, I need to concentrate!! (My all time record is 20 minutes)

Varthikes
09-16-2008, 02:22 PM
If I have a working CD player nearby with some CDs that I like, then I will always be listening to music as I write. I listen to New Age and various soundtracks.

I usually, but not always, try to choose a CD that is most appropriate for the scene I'm working on at the moment. If I'm writing an action sequence, I'll choose something with a quick beat. If I'm working on a character scene, I'll choose something a little calmer.

Kats
09-16-2008, 03:55 PM
I'm currently trying to learn to write (and edit) with music on because the flat next door is doing extremely loud renovations (walls being knocked down and such). I'm wearing headphones and listening to loud music to try to block out the noise...but I can't really write with it on this loud, I don't usually have music on at all.

Darzian
09-16-2008, 04:46 PM
I'm currently trying to learn to write (and edit) with music on because the flat next door is doing extremely loud renovations (walls being knocked down and such). I'm wearing headphones and listening to loud music to try to block out the noise...but I can't really write with it on this loud, I don't usually have music on at all.

So, drowning out one noise with another?:roll:

Kats
09-16-2008, 05:35 PM
So, drowning out one noise with another?:roll:

I know! But music is preferable to the drilling and banging!

Sage
09-16-2008, 05:42 PM
Depends on the music. I'm really good at multitasking, but if I'm really into a song, I'll probably get distracted by it.

I have playlists I know are good to write to. I know that the more I listen to something, the more easily I can multitask to it, but still enjoy it.

I also make playlists for my novels, and playing those can sometimes lead to great inspiration while writing. And other times distract me.

bsolah
09-17-2008, 03:09 AM
Kats, yeah music is definitely helpful when it drowns out more distracting noise. Music at least has a consistent rhythm to it.

Darzian
09-17-2008, 06:46 AM
Hmm. I currently have rock n roll blaring from the speakers and managed about 340 words in one hour. That is really impressive for me. Unfortunately my neighbour just knocked and asked me to lower it. Alas.

It's so interesting that different people's writing ability is influenced to such a varying degree by playing music in the background!

Lady Cat
09-19-2008, 06:07 AM
Normally I donít listen to music because I hate the sound coming out of my lap top and Iím too lazy to go across the room to change the CD player. :D

When I do listen, itís usually something instrumental. But I just found out the hard way that while the right music can really help the writing along, the wrong music can have just the opposite affect.

Today I found a CD of piano music I hadnít heard in a long time so I thought Iíd listen while I wrote. Although it was one of my favorite CDs it turned into a real buzz kill. The writing trickled away to nothing. Itís back to sweet silence for me!

Darzian
09-22-2008, 08:30 AM
I just got an LOTR CD with all the music tracks (>3 hrs!). It's very inspiring to listen to (I write fantasy). It's relaxing too.

TrickyFiction
09-22-2008, 08:40 AM
Music always gets me through the rough composition spots. I love it for that first draft, when I need to drift off into fantasy land more often. I can't have it on for revision/editing though. Then it becomes a distraction.

Cassiopeia
09-22-2008, 08:59 AM
whatever i listen to must be just instrumental. no lyrics. i have a lot of sound tracks I listen to or i write in the quiet.

Sean D. Schaffer
09-22-2008, 09:29 AM
Whether I listen to music or not while I'm writing, basically depends on how I'm feeling at the time. I can guarantee you if I'm writing, I cannot stand the radio, because of announcers and commercials that are generally louder than the music. So, I have to play either records or CDs, and since my CD player is in poor repair, the turntable plays most of what I listen to while writing.

As for the kind of music, I'm open to just about anything. As long as it doesn't scream and wail at me for twenty minutes at a shot, I'm pretty happy just to have something playing in the background.

Oh, and I used to write my stories to where the scenes corresponded with the music I played. But that didn't last long, because most of the time when the music changed, my stories went a different direction. The resulting combination did not help, so I don't do that anymore.

TerraDawn
09-22-2008, 10:36 PM
I download wordless music from movies that are similar to the book I am writing. Right now, I am listening to the Bourne albums on a continuous loop. Great great stuff if you are writing a lot of chase scenes and sneaking around corners!!!