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Do you listen to music when you write?

Post by Scott » 04 Jan 2007, 12:59

Do you listen to music when you write? I like to listen to music when I work at my computer, but it distracts my line of thought sometimes when I'm writing. However, I don't have a problem if I listen to music without lyrics, such as classical music or instrumentals. I prefer to do that, because the silence makes me feel to restless to write. What about you? Do you play music or anything, or do you prefer to write in silence?
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Post by knightss » 04 Jan 2007, 13:13

when i write or read i can only listen to classical music. i enjoy Vivaldi.

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Post by lapowers » 04 Jan 2007, 15:20

no, I canot listen to music when I write. It distracts me away from my train of thought and most of my writing is philosophical/theological/ethical in nature...quite tedious if you ask me!

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Post by LoveHatesYou » 04 Jan 2007, 16:32

I am constantly listening to music, but it has to suit what I'm writing. If it doesn't flow with the inspiration, then it interupts. If I'm writing angry fight scene, complete with rage and blood, Pantera is fine- but that might interupt a digression on my love life. I do like opera and classical, but I'm okay with lyrics too. But I was raised in a very loud house, as my mother is deaf in one ear, so I can tune out just about anything.
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Post by YoPlait » 04 Jan 2007, 17:16

Yes, i play mostly Bright Eyes.. tends to work well with my thought process, he's either loved or hated but a great lyricist.

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Post by knightss » 04 Jan 2007, 19:09

YoPlait wrote:Yes, i play mostly Bright Eyes.. tends to work well with my thought process, he's either loved or hated but a great lyricist.
his lyrics are good but i'm not much of a fan. the only song i truely like is lover i don't have to love.

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Post by ktmayo05 » 04 Jan 2007, 19:34

knightss wrote:
YoPlait wrote:Yes, i play mostly Bright Eyes.. tends to work well with my thought process, he's either loved or hated but a great lyricist.
his lyrics are good but i'm not much of a fan. the only song i truely like is lover i don't have to love.
aww. I think bright eyes is amazing.
I have to listen to music with everything I do. But when I'm READING a good book, I have to have silence.

when I write, I mostly listen to everclear - dmb - beethoven.... ehh, just depends on what I'm writing.
This is what happens when boredom has taken over.

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Post by YoPlait » 04 Jan 2007, 19:46

ktmayo05 wrote:
knightss wrote:
YoPlait wrote:Yes, i play mostly Bright Eyes.. tends to work well with my thought process, he's either loved or hated but a great lyricist.
his lyrics are good but i'm not much of a fan. the only song i truely like is lover i don't have to love.
awwww. I think bright eyes is amazing.
I have to listen to music with everything I do. But when I'm READING a good book, I have to have silence.

when I write, I mostly listen to everclear - dmb - beethoven.... ehh, just depends on what I'm writing.
i envy his singing voice, it's so disturbing... it's as if he is sinking with that voice but keeps afloat with his words.. calendar hung itself or haligh, haligh..

yes, reading and music don't work at the same time for me, attention span is shot as it is

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Post by Scott » 05 Jan 2007, 14:40

ktmayo05 wrote:I have to listen to music with everything I do. But when I'm READING a good book, I have to have silence.
Yes I'm the same way. I find it very hard to read a book when there are other noises distract my attention.
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Post by jl_rona » 05 Jan 2007, 19:42

Scott Hughes wrote:Do you listen to music when you write? I like to listen to music when I work at my computer, but it distracts my line of thought sometimes when I'm writing. However, I don't have a problem if I listen to music without lyrics, such as classical music or instrumentals. I prefer to do that, because the silence makes me feel to restless to write. What about you? Do you play music or anything, or do you prefer to write in silence?
I do listen to music when I write. My poems are influenced by the music that I listen.

I practically create inspired by others' creations, so that's not fair...

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Post by DriftwoodJames » 15 Jan 2007, 15:43

Not only do I listen to music when I type, but I actually had a soundtrack written FOR my novels, to fit the mood of my work, so I can get into character when I write, and see through the eyes of my world, its characters, and events.

If you want to check the music out, its beautiful instrumental music, heavily emotional, symphony and scores.

http://www.myspace.com/driftwoodaudio

You can actually download the music, however keep in mind that it is all copyrighted and cannot be altered without first the author's consent.

Enjoy!

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Post by DuchessAngel37 » 08 Feb 2007, 22:02

I have a bunch of playlists that are like soundtracks to my stuff, so while I'm working I can get into the mood of the story.

But in general, I can listen to anything while I'm working. As long as it's not completely silent. I despise the quiet when I'm working.

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Post by IRYS1 » 08 Feb 2007, 22:39

In college, I was an English major, so naturally did a lot of reading and writing. I could only successfully study and do homework to instrumental music, mostly classical. Today, when I'm writing for myself or working on a story, I tend to listen to music that has some emotional connection, and the ideas seem to flow better. I have a playlist on my media player that has the title "miscellaneous", and another that has the title, "soundtrack to my story". When I write, sometimes I play music from those playlists. I think it helps; but if it ever becomes a distraction, like I need to get an idea out of my head and written down, then I just pause or turn down the music.

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Post by NSUSA » 28 Nov 2007, 16:56

Sometimes listening to music can help me keep the mood for my writing. For example, if I am writing a sad passage, then it helps me to have sad music playing while I write it.

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Post by Tracey Neal » 15 Mar 2008, 17:06

Sometimes I like to listen to music when I write, but I also like to go outside, maybe for a drive first before I write or just sitting outside. But yeah music playing softly in the background is cool :wink:

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