1. naruzeldamaster

    naruzeldamaster Senior Member

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    Do you have 'noise' on in the background when writing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by naruzeldamaster, Jul 28, 2021.

    A long time ago I used to do it, but for whatever reason I stopped doing it.
    Recently I started doing it again and it's really helped me 'focus' on writing for slightly longer periods at a time.

    I think part of it is that my method of listening to music is going into a particular game and going to a particular town. Then I just occasionally check something I can do idle-y without focusing on it that gets me in game items.

    Do note that I mean noise as in 'white noise' something you aren't really focusing on (video game music can be a perfect avenue for that) and maybe even just barely loud enough that you can hear it but not 'think' about hearing it. So like, literal white noise.
     
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    For research papers: hard rock and metal
    For creative writing: classical, love Beethoven's 9th
     
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    Definitely not. I'm too easily distracted, especially by music. If I try writing to music, I just end up listening to the music. If I'm already in the zone, I can stay focused and write no matter what's going on around me, but if I'm trying to get there, I want a quiet, relaxing environment.
     
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    Same. In fact normally I can write with music on, though if it's a radio (as it usually is) commercials are too distracting, especially ones with loud aggressive voices demanding immediate attention (most commercials).

    But if' I'm struggling with ideas in a larval stage I need silence. Once a story has taken form and is rolling I can write most of it with music, aside from a few points where I really need to go deep and think through important things.
     
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    Never. I need silence.
     
  6. Not the Territory

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    I like thunder & rain channels on Youtube occasionally. Really puts me in the mood.
     
  7. Coppe

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    I usually do, very quietly. I grew up in a very loud household so it‘s comforting to hear noises. I find complete silence eery. Unless I’m completely lost in whatever I’m doing, I cannot concentrate when there’s just silence. So usually it‘s Ghibli Studio music for me or some nature sounds like rain, thunder or wind.
     
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    It depends..sometimes i like hearing talking, so ill put on a reality tv show (Something that doesnt have a story or plot that i dont have to pay attention to). If om writing at night, i prefer music.

    The music depends on what WIP im working on.

    I dont like working on public. Im too focused on whats going on around me. And when i put in headphones, im still too alert to focus
     
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    I like quiet that is not profound silence: wind, birds, tinnitus... okay, I just put up with the latter; I don't really like it.
     
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    Most would say and agree to listening to music . . . what music, well that depends.
    As my preferences, I'd say classical
     
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    Lately it's been lo-fi beats, but those relax me almost too much and I get sleepy. If I'm at work I listen to soundtracks, film or game, because I write at my desk on my lunch break and I don't want to hear my coworkers. I don't need sound to write, but sometimes it's nice. Depending on what I'm writing, it helps with the flow of a scene. Sometimes.
     
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    As a rule, no. My home office is on the lowest level, so I don't hear anything if I don't want to. Sometimes I'll listen to a piece of music or ambient sound loop to help get me into a mood (or even just open a window if I want a non-specific sound), but not often. Can't write in public places - too many visual distractions. I'm one of those unfortunate writers that needs to by hyper-focused on the task or it doesn't work.
     
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    When I'm writing it usually during the evening and I have the tv going in the background. It surprisingly is helpful.
     
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    I definitely need background noise. I hate silence. Music, birdsong, rain, the sea are all good. Generally I work with music in the background, or even the TV.
     
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    No noise.

    For the record, music -- no matter what kind or how low the volume -- is music, not white noise.

    https://relaxingdigital.com/what-is-white-noise/#!
     
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    Can relate to birdsong, rain and the sea . . .
     
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    I need music and most of the time, I listen to the book soundtracks I made on YT. Or, put a CD on in my room. Usually My Chemical Romance, or something else I love.
     
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    I can write with noise but i generally don't.. other than the dog snoring
     
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    Oh yeah, I get that under my desk all the time.
     
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    Headphones with psytrance or house. A whole day can fly by without me noticing.

    But yeah, without music I need white noise. Even just a fan.
     
  21. Seligman

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    I did write a description of a face listening to music. At a very distinct point I felt like everything was coming together. I was trying to convey something about his face and specifically his smile being a sort of optical illusion and I had spent a good deal of time reading about multistable perception and browsing through Santayana's The Sense of Beauty when I suddenly felt the images and the words shoot through my fingertips. I spent only a week writing this piece. Other parts of it don't have to do with this idea of optical illusion. And when I finally gave it to someone I trust to read, she told me it was really good and compared it to one of French novelist Hervé Guibert's novels, but when I asked her about it she said she wasn't so fond of the part about optics.
     

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