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    Does music help you write?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Flanders, Dec 24, 2011.

    I have always listened to a cd or radio while writing, For some (odd) reason I find silence (white noise) to be annoying...

    I'm wondering if anyone else listens to music while writing,or am I an oddity :confused:
     
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    Well...that depends. If I'm at an exciting part, a suspenseful theme song from a movie might be helpful. I'd need lots of percussion and a quick tempo.

    However, if I were listening to my iTunes list, chances are that I would get lost in the music instead of in my writing.
     
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    only if i'm writing about a setting where the local music will get/keep me in the mood... such as when writing a novel set in puerto vallarta, i often had mariachi music playing and for a short story set in greece, i played bazouki cds...

    but never vocals, since the words would interfere with the ones pouring out of my head and onto the paper/screen...

    otherwise, i work well in silence...
     
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    Music doesn't generally help me with writing, unless it's the type that drowns out distracting background noise.

    Actually my Master's degree thesis was on music and journal writing productivity (with high school students).

    If you're interested, the link to the study will be posted below. In general, experience indicates that any music which draws attention to itself, the reader listens to they lyrics or melody, etc, the focus on writing suffers.

    The Effect of Music on Journal Writing Productivity
     
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    It helps me. Especially when it's more instrumental than singing. Progressive music helps a lot, at least it does for me. I identify with what you say, when I'm writing I find the silence annoying, so I put on some music with headphones on too. I guess I need the "crazy" mood in order to make myself work. But everyone's different. If music helps you concentrate better, well then I suggest you write while listening to it. If not, well, don't, just write without it. Have a nice day!
     
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    I prefer silence. The rhythm of the music affects the rhythm of my sentences, and I really don't like that. If I do listen to music, I prefer classical, with no vocals, and especially pieces I'm not very familiar with, so I don't find myself humming along.

    But silence is better. I can concentrate in silence, and let my own language build its music in my head.
     
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    Without music I fail to stay focused for more than a couple of minutes - this doesn't just apply to writing but to everything. Silence annoys me so much. Plus, I am rarely alone (even when using my laptop I'm usually in the same room as at least one other person) so it drowns out the voices of those around me.

    A capella and ballads are the types of music I most prefer to listen to while writing. However, sometimes I go to the complete opposite and listen to really fast/electronic music instead. Lately I have been favouring Danish, Swedish & Norwegian pop artists to listen to while I write. When I need a change of pace I'll switch to religious songs (Christian and Hindu) or enka and Okinawan folk music.
     
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    I like something on in the background. And what I have on depends largely on my mood though, but there are some artists I just can't have on: like Wagner, Tool, and Soundgarden.
     
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    I often, but not always, listen to music when writing. I find specific music helps with writing specific scenes. For example, The Matrix soundtrack for action scenes etc. I have found it even helps me to unlock creativity when I've been stuck.
     
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    Not anymore. But I have in the past. I wrote most of my first MS with Come On Home by Franz Ferdinand in the background on repeat.

    Now I like silence, but if I'm really in the zone, I can write through bulldozers outside.
     
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    Oh yes! I love listening to music while I write but the problem with that is I always have to find a song for the right moment in my story. Kinda gets in the way of my writing when I'm digging for songs for 15 minutes lol. I know what you mean about the white noise.
     
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    Music is my first love, really, but not when combined with writing.

    I prefer a bit of peace and quiet.
     
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    It depends. If a song plays that matches the mood of the story, or the mood that I am in even, it can help my writing to the point of pages flying by without me noticing. Other than that it just depends on whether or not I'm in the mood for music while writing. I do always like some sort of background noise though. Usually a good documentary or TV show off Netflix or something.
     
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    Music gets me juiced. I sometimes play the same song over and over while writing a scene if I want that scene to give the reader the same feeling that the song gives me. Sometimes I play the music before I write, and I'll occasionally play it while I'm writing. It just depends on my mood, but great songs are my motivators. The Paramore channel on Pandora gets me going.
     

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