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  • Writing with music distracting?

    I find this to be the case most of the time. Am I in the minority here? Do most of you listen to music while you write?

    I do it sometimes to catch a mood, but usually I need to turn the music off to actually concentrate. But then again, I'm the type that heavily scrutinizes my lines as I write instead of the awesome creative free flowing thing you see on TV and in movies.



    Just wondering...

    Perhaps I should be writing with the music on to distract myself from the scrutiny, hmmmmmm.
    -chris

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    I have different playlists for different types of scenes. I actually find it much easier to write with music, because if I hear a kick ass song, I get in the write mood to write a fight scene.
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    • #3
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      I'm with you, Sky. I can't concentrate on writing with music playing. It distracts me from obsessing over every word choice.

      On a not quite the same, but similar note, research studies have shown that people who study/read with music playing don't concentrate as well and process information as completely, even when the person prefers having music on and thinks it doesn't distract them.

      But whatever helps a writer to write is a good thing.
      "The Hollywood film business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." Hunter S Thompson

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      • #4
        Re: Writing with music distracting?

        Depends on the music.

        Movie scores and classical tend to work the best, and even then it should be non-melodic stuff. Rock, pop, etc, is mostly just distracting.

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        • #5
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          Can't write at all with music on... Editing's a different story, though (proofing, revising, that kind of stuff). I find editing kind of tedious, so having something playing in the background actually helps me go through the pages faster....
          It's all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling. Bibbling and scribbling. ~Mozart, Amadeus

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          • #6
            Re: Writing with music distracting?

            Anything with lyrics is distracting. I always write to either electronic chill or jazz.
            Twitter: @WriterLe

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            • #7
              Re: Writing with music distracting?

              Originally posted by SkyPolynomial View Post
              I find this to be the case most of the time. Am I in the minority here? Do most of you listen to music while you write?
              YES! I find myself following the song and having a repeated chorus in your head is not good when you're trying to create dialogue.

              But I find silence is too quiet - I need something. I used to listen to soft music, pan pipe type, where there is no catchy solo, melody or lyrics to distract me. Now I listen to nature sounds: birds singing, cats purring, rain etc. Someone posted a link to a site where you can create your own and I use it all the time. I strongly recommend it.

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              • #8
                Re: Writing with music distracting?

                Originally posted by The White Album View Post
                Anything with lyrics is distracting. I always write to either electronic chill or jazz.
                See? Everybody's different, according to the replies on this thread. However, I'm closest to TWA, preferring non-stop trance, or "epic trance" as DJ Project Fusion calls it. Highly motivational to write epic stuff! Low on the volume, though.

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                • #9
                  Re: Writing with music distracting?

                  For my rom-coms, coming-of-ages, family stuff, and period pieces, it's all Slayer all the time.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Writing with music distracting?

                    Music is a must for me to write (- as is a glass of cab-sav)


                    ..but then i'm not listening to music with vocals.
                    One can write anything to this!
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrQWoi5nr08

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                    • #11
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                      Hah

                      Thanks for the replies. I'm happy to see that it definitely varies. I was just noticing the trend of many writers listening to music while writing versus my general inability to do so.

                      @Paradis: I use the 1 glass (Rioja for me) when I find that I'm over-analyzing things. But only 1 glass, any more and the writing sucks and won't get done. =p

                      I also find the silence a bit much at times. 1mper1um, do you have the link to that site?

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                      Trance and Slayer...

                      You guys are superhuman you know that right?
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                      Last edited by SkyPolynomial; 06-23-2011, 11:14 AM.
                      -chris

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                      • #12
                        Re: Writing with music distracting?

                        http://naturesoundsfor.me/


                        Plus a bottle of quality (ie: Belgian - definitely not American) lager.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Writing with music distracting?

                          Originally posted by 1mper1um View Post
                          Plus a bottle of quality (ie: Belgian - definitely not American) lager.
                          Racist.

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                          • #14
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                            Music: loud but very familiar songs classic hits rock that I've heard for years, nothing new that I'll have to take time out to enjoy or get rid off

                            Burbon: Cheap... or Shiraz (moderately priced (ie cheap for wine snobs ))
                            I heard the starting gun


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                            • #15
                              Re: Writing with music distracting?

                              I've listened to the same CD (with headphones) for years, it puts me in the zone and my brain knows to zero in on only one thing...writing!

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