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    Music while you write

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by xMissEnvyx, Jul 21, 2008.

    I was listening to Death Cab for Cutie (that's a band) as I was writing a short story and decided to ask the question.

    Does anyone else have certain bands or songs they listen to while writing? I find myself listening to almost the same 3 bands while writing and even when I hear songs by them outside of my "writing zone" it puts me right back in.
     
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    I like to listen ot Regina Specktor whilst writing, but I get distracted as I like to sing along, so I usually like just some boundy, dancey toons that have little or no words so I don't get distracted.
     
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    I listen to various music. Sometimes a certain song inspires me to write something, and then I listen to that while writing. Otherwise it varies, I don't have any special writing music.
     
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    Yes, I like music while I write, but it must be instrumental music, no words. If it has words, they must be in a language I do not understand. Bit of the ADD, and all that. :D
     
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    I find music too distracting when I'm writing. I'm too likely to sing along, even if I'm only "singing in my head".

    On the other hand, television is less distracting to me than silence.
     
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    I've discovered I can't "write" while I play the guitar...LOL.

    By the same token, I can't listen to music while I write because I hear music analytically. I hear every triplet or power lick and think about how to play them on my guitar. Since I'm not a particularly talented person, such distractions are not allowed...that includes my wife, household chores or paying bills. But, my biggest problem while writing is Cheetos...I can polish off a bag of those crunchy tidbits in less than one chapter! Ouch, I gotta loosen the belt...again.
     
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    Agreed. Though, mix in some soft new age with the instrumental and I could be all set!
     
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    Sometime I listen to Mindless Self Indulgence. I'm able to tune out words when I write, and just enjoy the background noise.
     
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    I listen to Death Cab, or other alternative bands when I write; it actually helps me get focused.

    And Cheetos can't be near me either. I get Cheeto fingers and it gets all over my shiny, white MacBook keyboard. Such a mess, and I'll end up spending the time I allotted for writing to cleaning it. Same goes for Doritos.
     
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    Breaking Benjamin. I find that their songs are full of emotions I like to write to.
     
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    I can listen to music while writing, though I've started doing so in silence recently. However, it has to be a song I already know. Else, I may be tempted to find more music by the artist. Usually, I sing along with the words, but it's not distracting enough that I won't finish my work.

    While doing homework, however, it is almost a necessity that I'm listening to music. It also helps to have doors open, otherwise I often feel the need to walk around. I learned that thanks to my dorm room.
     
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    For some reason, Metallica helps the quality of what I write for my current project. Lately, though, I've been listening to a lot more instrumental stuff; Joe Satriai, Eric Johnson, Neil Zaza, etc. Music always boosts my creativity. As for what kind of music, that depends on the mood I'm in.
     
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    I find myself listening to Evanescence when I'm writing or drawing. It's very relaxing to me, and helps set the mood for most of my short stories.

    By the way, I LOVE the song "I will possess your heart". Nice choice. :-D
     
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    The first time that part, I felt it needed to be my new signature. Seemed to fit with the site, too.
     
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    I find Maroon 5 helps me write......
     
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    It all depends on what I am writing. With my current work I love listening to The Spill Canvas.
     
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    I was stuck writing a small piece early on and when I get stuck I listened to some music. It must have worked because while listening to it I got hooked with an idea and waalaa. I guess it depends what I’m writing, being mainly fantasy Nightwish worked well being Neo-Classical and the likes (Opeth works for me too). <Wish I had an Angel> is the one I pretty much only listen to though.

    Bit off subject, but what I cannot have on when writing is the television. Distracts me so bad (audio rather then what’s actually on).
     
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    Wow, i didn't know so many people listen to music. It's strange to hear how some of you can't listen to music with words because it's distracting. I'm only like that with the tv on (like some of you said also).

    The spill canvas and Evanescence are two great bands i listen to also while writing. Strange how you find some things in common with people :)

    And the Cheeto's thing, I'm just like that with cookies!
     
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    I love listening to soundtrack music from really good movies, it makes me visualize what I am writing as a movie sorta thing, makes it easier to see things in my mind. But I also listen to a lot of new age while writing :D

    haha lmao about the cheetos!!
     
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    I actually can't write without music. It helps put me into a creative zone. What I listen to usually depends on what I'm writing. If it's something lighthearted and fluffy, I'll listen to some band like Eisley or Stars. If it's something brooding, I'll usually choose music with a darker tone. I have also found that listening to a band like Nightwish is enjoyable and not distracting.
     
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    Music distracts me when I'm writing, so I prefer the hum of a loud fan in the background instead. Can I count that as my music? :D
     
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    Wow. You remind me so much of a friend of mine, it's weird. She's obsessed with sound tracks, new age, and black coffee. Lol.
     
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    I like listening to Spocks Beard or Blackfield while writing. (they're bands)
     
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    I listen to Death Cab for Cutie, Ima Robot, and Amy Winehouse when I write :D
     
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    I like arabian style music when I write i also like bands like 3 doors down, breaking benjamin, evanessence, flyleaf, nickle back... I think i see a them here. Actually eminem is cool along with some R&B but it just depends. I find, for me, that the tone of the music helps me set the tone of the story and since my stories are fairly action packed that is what i listen to
     

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