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Old 12-18-2015, 06:09 PM
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Does anyone find it easier to write novels or scripts while listening to music that fits the type of story you're writing? To me, I find it a great addition to writing because music puts me in the mood for the story I'm writing and it puts me in the emotions and minds of the character(s) via the music I'm listening to at the time. So does anyone feel this way?

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Old 12-19-2015, 01:28 AM
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Honestly . . . no. I find it too much of a distraction to listen while writing. Lol. Before and after, sure, for inspiration. But while? . . . too much going on outside my head competing with what's going on inside my head.

Works for some people, though!
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:58 AM
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I do most of my writing in the garage where a Sharp 360w stereo/cd player w/side-firing-bass speakers is often deployed. And this reminds me . . . I've been having some trouble with the cd player not reading and now the cd-tray refuses to open!

I guess I'm going to try to disassemble and clean the disc reader laser-eye thingy.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:34 AM
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I love my music, and I love to be immersed in it. If I'm writing, I can easily be distracted by a favorite riff or guitar solo etc. So for me, listing to music is not conducive to writing. But all kinds of people do it and find that it's helpful, so whatever works for you.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:50 AM
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I watch TV while I write. Typically a show or movie I've already seen. Something that pairs well with the subject I'm writing.
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:44 AM
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NO, I like white noise to drown out everything else. Yet, any thing rhythmic or vocal distracts me too much.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:51 AM
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NO, I like white noise to drown out everything else. Yet, any thing rhythmic or vocal distracts me too much.
Same here. Any kind of music, whether I like it or not, instantly distracts me.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:53 AM
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I listen to one song on repeat so there is something playing but it's not too distracting because I won't be thinking about what song is coming next.

Why else would I know all the words to What the Hell by Avril Lavigne?


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Old 12-25-2015, 10:03 PM
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I find listening to songs with lyrics rather distracting. But I love writing while listening to movie soundtrack. Especially for romantic scenes or action scenes.
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I alternate between listening to something and not listening to something. For just general writing (and especially for proofing) I like having voices there to cover up the sounds of the real world. My whole life that always really helped me concentrate on something, aided getting into the zone. But when I'm working on a really intense scene I always turn everything off.

As for what I listen to, well sometimes podcasts, sometimes audio books, but always spoken words though and definitely not TV or youtube or whatever. It's got to be something that lets me keep my eyes on the screen and can just flow over me. Even just listening to the audio of a video thing I find too distracting. I've never tried music myself; not sure if it'd work. I'm a guy who likes singing so if I put on music I like I doubt I'd be too focused. But whatever works for you.
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I am the same way as Lost. I alternate between absolute silence and music.

But if I do in fact listen to music there are a few factors it has to follow

-1 It must fit the era that I am writing in. No modern music for me when I am writing my fantasy novels

-2 No lyrics, no vocals, rarely do I listen to lyrics and if it is lyrical it's because it fits the mood

-3 If lyrics usually in foreign language so it's not distracting, this isn't always the case, but it is for the most part
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No way! I love music so much that it would completely distract me and deservedly so! I give music my full attention.

Alcohol on the other hand helps my creative juices no end! haha.
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I don't listen to music while writing all that often, but when I do, it's usually instrumental soundtracks that are soothing and not jarring, such as Ennio Morricone's soundtrack for "The Mission"...
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I often listen to music I created when I write, to describe it, I say it's a strung out version of Kitario, that best describes my music.

If not my own, then classical is what I listen to when writing.

In my car it's usually CD's of genre's I like. Since I hate driving and don't really pay attention to the music anyway.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:12 AM
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I pretty much require music to get any writing done. It needs to be something I connect with and something I've heard many times. Some good music and head phones allows me to shut out the world and focus on what I'm writing. My brain might be a little tweaked but it seems like "under-stimulation" leads to my brain looking for something in the environment to distract it, a little music allows the "bored" part of my brain something to do while the rest of me focuses on writing.

Most of my note books have song titles up in the corner with the date. Helps keep track of what sort of space I was in when I started writing. Since I generally do poetry I often have several pieces going at the same time and they some times get set down while I work on something else. Using the songs I can more easily get back to where I left off.
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I find wordless music to be good. I use music to set a certain mood for a scene. At other times I prefer silence.
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No i do not feel good listening to music while writing. But there are people who feels comfortable with musics while writing. I had a friend who needs music in all her works including writing.
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It depends on the mood for me, I really wouldn't do it if I were you unless it's the right music
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Not when I'm actively writing (I need silence), but when I need inspiration.
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I find that I also like a lot of silence when doing any writing, researching, studying, or anything of that nature. I can have my kids on my shoulders while playing video games with my son, but not while actually trying to use my brain.
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Most of these replies are of the type, "this or that works for me." But the question is: what works for you? Nothing weird about it. Or even if it were weird, what difference would that make? If you can write better hanging from the ceiling, then go for it.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:42 PM
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I think Dan Brown stands on his head to cure writer's block. I'm sure there's a joke or two in there...
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Not strange at all. I do it all the time. Whatever floats your boat is what I say. I have heard that Ron Gamer used to write in his home with all sorts of commotion going on around him. I don't mind some background noise as long as it is a constant stream of sound and not the kind that jerks you out of your "zone"
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No It's not weird.
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Let me ask you this....is it working for YOU?

There is your answer....it's not (likely) that anyone else can hear the music anyway....
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