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Re: Do you listen to music when you write?

Post by andy6kyu » 04 Nov 2014, 11:51

only classical music and not all the time as it disrupts my line of though.

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Post by LoremasterTappa » 04 Nov 2014, 12:12

The best ideas for my stories comes to me when driving and the radio is on. Does that count? I keep a notepad and pen in the car at all times so I can write things down when I get to a stoplight.
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Post by AaronMoshe1989 » 04 Nov 2014, 12:18

It really depends on the day and the mood that I am in. If it is a rainy day, I will need music to brighten my outlook on life, and it might be for the whole time. the music selection is then decided upon how I woke up that morning: If it was with a smile(not a realistic smile but a spiritual smile) then it could be music from the 50s. If I wake up all grumpy, then it could be more classic rock than 50s. TH music changes with the way that the day progresses, but most of the time I listen to music when I write in order to block out everyone, especially when I use my noise canceling headphones.

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Post by caryjr73 » 04 Nov 2014, 20:05

Yes. I have a number of playlists that are set to flow with the different aspects of writing that I do. Music sets the beat to my writing flow.

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Post by pretzelsnow » 19 Nov 2014, 11:10

I usually don't but I started to because it's loud in house so when I write with music I put headphones on so I don't hear the sound and so I can concentrate better
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Post by Syntheticaudio » 19 Nov 2014, 13:26

I like to listen to music when I'm thinking about my stories or to get a bit of inspiration. so I will write notes down and brainstorm while listening to music but once I really start writing I like silence.
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Post by rssllue » 19 Nov 2014, 14:26

Music is often quite the creativity driver!
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Post by Darklingblue » 23 Nov 2014, 03:09

All of the time, anything from John Moreland to Nine Inch Nails, as long as the music speaks to me, then thats what I'm going to listen to.

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Post by Readingcorner » 23 Nov 2014, 03:22

Yes sometimes

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Post by ALynnPowers » 23 Nov 2014, 05:18

No, never. I don't like listening to anything.

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Post by Brandi Noelle » 27 Oct 2017, 00:51

I listen to music a lot when I write, partly because I do a lot of work at a local coffee shop and it helps to tone out the noise. It also can help drown out the silence, which can be a different kind of deafening if you're writing in a quiet place alone. I listen to a lot of classical music while I write, but have also been known to listen to bluegrass. Most recently, I have written while listening to Irish music as I'm writing a story that takes place in Ireland. Helps me to feel like one with the story.

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Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 14:26

Sometime I do listen to music when I read. But when Writing I don't since it makes me distracted
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Post by Cara Van Heerden » 21 Jun 2018, 16:21

It might be odd, but my preferences change often. Sometimes I need complete silence, other times I need music blasting in my ears or I can't concentrate. Sometimes I need heroic epic instrumental music, other times a whole bunch of disney songs on repeat. I never really know until I sit down to write. It makes me laugh really 😂

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Post by echoesofmj » 27 Jun 2018, 22:08

While music can be a distraction, I find it helps with my vibe. Sometimes, the song fits the story perfectly, and then it's like you get a good rhythm going.

I've never tried writing while listening to music without words. Sometimes, I even write while watching a movie or a TV show. It's just to trigger the inspiration or to get it started. All you need is a little push, sometimes.

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Post by MedleyLORE » 30 Jun 2018, 13:27

I’m constantly listening to some type of music but when I’m writing I have to have a calm and instrumental consistency if not the story turns in to that song.
I don’t know if I would be able to write with worded songs. A little too distracting.

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