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Re: Do you listen to music when you write?

Post by db3hr » 10 May 2014, 00:35

Complete silence is distracting in itself. My solution so far has been instrumental music. Lyrics are distracting for me, but actual music is just inspiring and helpful to hear. Ratatat and RJD2 are old favorites, along with Explosions in the Sky and Four Tet. Recently there's been a lot of Tycho in my life, and Enemies. Do Make Say Think also has some great stuff. Interesting enough technical patterns going on in the music to stick with you on some level, but chill enough to not be distracting.

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Post by Colette Marie » 10 May 2014, 05:24

I don't usually listen to music when I am writing because music tends to distract me from my writing because I am a very easily distracted person. If music is playing while I am writing, I tend to switch off the music or turn the volume near inaudible.

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Post by emilyxwebster1 » 16 May 2014, 13:30

Always. And my music has to be very loud, it keeps me awake so I'm able to write for longer.

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Post by sammi8764 » 23 May 2014, 22:58

I listen to piano music when actually writing, but when thinking of ideas I'll listen to some indie songs. Sometimes I'll hear a specific word or phrase that will spark a string of thoughts that I can use.
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Post by GeonnaMarie » 26 May 2014, 20:42

I can't listen to anything with actual lyrics. Basically anything with the piano puts me in a good writing mood.
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Post by JKPoindexter » 08 Jun 2014, 21:02

Music was always a distraction for me. And this will propably sound strange, but I actually prefer writing in crowed places where there is a lot of background noise such as traffic, people talking, etc.

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Post by emdee » 09 Jun 2014, 14:39

no. not gonna work for me. i would get distracted.

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Post by greenpoppy » 16 Jun 2014, 23:28

No, it tends to influence the tone of my writing way too much.

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Post by volpe-rossa » 12 Jul 2014, 18:49

Most of the time I write in silence, but at times I feel more "in the zone" for a character when I listen to what music I think would be their favorite.

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Post by Hannaa_Campbell » 12 Jul 2014, 18:51

As much as I would love to say I do, I don't. It would just distract me! It truly puzzles me how people remain focused on writing when they have music as a distraction.

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As much as I would love to say I do, I don't. It would just distract me! It truly puzzles me how people remain focused on writing when they have music as a distraction.

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Post by Sajarin » 12 Jul 2014, 22:31

Yes. I listen to Ed Harrison, Neotokyo. Very nice upbeat with a lot of variety. Techno/futuristic. If you like Animusic you might like edharrison. It is not classical or instrumental but it is not dubstep which is horrible to listen to

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Post by ipekbunsal » 27 Jul 2014, 04:50

I don't.
It gets me distracted and I can't focus on what I am doing. There is a time for everythig, you know.
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Post by bethdearie » 27 Jul 2014, 12:01

I like the room to be quiet while I'm writing. If there is any background noise, I become distracted and cannot finish whatever it is I'm writing.

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Post by Toria_Hostler » 01 Aug 2014, 20:45

All the time! It doesn't even matter what kind of music, I can sing and write at the same time.

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Post by Johntherobert » 02 Aug 2014, 21:53

Usually there's a tv on, but I don't think any one can stop me when I have a good idea.

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