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« on: January 13, 2018, 08:46:12 AM »
What music do you guys listen to when you write, if any? I always find it helps me to tune out the distracting thoughts in my head. But at the same time, I can only do it when the music itself isn't too distracting. I was hoping for artist suggestions since I'm running out of them myself.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 08:55:52 AM »
For translating, I sometimes listen to Baroque composers - Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann. Nothing vocal - even if it is in a language I don't understand, that messes with my mind. Somehow the instrumental music is both calming and inspiring.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 09:07:22 AM »
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 09:13:18 AM »
What music do you guys listen to when you write, if any? I always find it helps me to tune out the distracting thoughts in my head. But at the same time, I can only do it when the music itself isn't too distracting. I was hoping for artist suggestions since I'm running out of them myself.

I have a playlist of well over three dozen songs on YouTube, and a backup on my iTunes account with even more songs. Whichever ones get played depends on A) My mood/the scene's mood B) What I'd want to have playing in a movie version of the story C) Whatever happens when I hit the shuffle button.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 09:27:59 AM »
Soundtrack to The Fountain by Clint Mansell.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 09:49:49 AM »
I go to the Internet Archive and get various ambient, psybient tracks for free. That place is a treasure trove.

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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 10:02:49 AM »
I can't write with music, but I do use it as inspiration and to get in the mood for writing. I have playlists for my books, and play them if I'm on a walk or something, just to get my brain ready for entering that world. I find it really helpful.

But as soon as I'm at that computer, I need quiet!

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 10:10:33 AM »
Instrumental music only, as I've found music with words distracts me too much - I could say music in languages I don't speak, which used to work, but the more languages I've learned the more difficult that is. I wrote most of Salem's Witches while listening to celtic music, while most the first draft of my current project was written listening to Tchaikovsky.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 10:53:09 AM »
It really depends on the tone of what I'm working on.

I have a tendency to put one song on loop for hours when I'm drilling down on a scene and a piece of music really captures what I'm going for. Combined with my obsessive pen-clicking, it helped convince Household Six that spending some of last year's profits to capitalize a Fortress of Solitude behind the garage would be good for both of us. Everybody's happier, now.

I'm building a Spotify playlist of the music that I listened to most when building this book, and I'll be sharing it publicly and posting it on my blog, and likely linking to it inside the book, for any readers who are interested in that sort of thing. I've also given shoutouts on Twitter to artists whose music has helped me knock out a scene, and a couple of them have struck up conversations with me. Gotta love the age we live in.
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 10:56:33 AM »
I like sounds more than music usually. Sometimes, I'll put on sounds of a train, or songbird by a river, rain on a tent. For some reason, those really work well for me.  8)
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 11:41:16 AM »
When I'm writing, I visualize my novel as scenes in a movie that are set to music. Sometimes I pick several songs that represent the music or mood of what I'm about to write. Other times I begin writing and the songs come to me as I add words to the file.

I have an eclectic iPod playlist for Damaged Beyond Recognition that contains 269 songs. It starts with "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers and ends with "Back in the World" by David Gray. In between, I have such songs as "Show What I'm Looking For" by Carolina Liar, "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and Wings, "Mohair Sam" by Charlie Rich, and "One More Time to Live" by the Moody Blues.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 12:00:27 PM »
It's very rare that I write without music.

Everyday writing, I listen to kpop, but if I'm REALLY trying to pump out the word count, I usually opt for the Soundtracks to the Pirates of the Carribean (or Doctor Who), or Lindsay Stirling. Stuff that has a good, fast beat to work to but doesn't have words. Soundtracks are gold for me, though only if I love the music first.

I find that if i pick one and stick with it, I do better word counts--i.e., for each book it might be different, but for that book, it stays the same. With Staff & Crown, it's all Pirates of the Carribean. With one of my earlier books, it was the Monkees and Jung Yonghwa. Next book, it will probably be Lindsay Stirling again.

Just get a playlist you can listen to again and again, and stick with it, because then your brain will switch on every time you switch the music on--because that's how you'll train it.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 12:16:28 PM »
When I'm writing, I visualize my novel as scenes in a movie that are set to music. Sometimes I pick several songs that represent the music or mood of what I'm about to write. Other times I begin writing and the songs come to me as I add words to the file.

I have an eclectic iPod playlist for Damaged Beyond Recognition that contains 269 songs. It starts with "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers and ends with "Back in the World" by David Gray. In between, I have such songs as "Show What I'm Looking For" by Carolina Liar, "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and Wings, "Mohair Sam" by Charlie Rich, and "One More Time to Live" by the Moody Blues.

Yep. I do the same.
I actually made a YouTube mix of the songs I used for the book I've been working on last year. Something like a video scrapbook with music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZc4tW1dh3w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAmIHgjWLig

Mostly Jamie Cullum (he reminds me of one of the main characters) and Russian teen band T.A.T.U.

And the whole story arch fell into place with Sia's "Alive" came out. As if it for written just for that book.
I had about two-thirds of it written, then finished the rest in five weeks, just listening to this one over and over. :)
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 12:23:15 PM »
What music do you guys listen to when you write, if any? I always find it helps me to tune out the distracting thoughts in my head. But at the same time, I can only do it when the music itself isn't too distracting. I was hoping for artist suggestions since I'm running out of them myself.

Epic trailer music (2 Steps From Hell, E.S. Posthumus, Audiomachine, Thomas Bergersen, Future World Music, James Horner, Epic Score, Raman Djawadi, etc.,) and traditional Celtic.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 12:24:10 PM »
I always write with background music. I do one of two things, depending on what I'm needing to focus on in the chapter.
I'll have a Pandora list built around the genre to keep me in the feel of it. Generally those are soundtracks, whether it's superhero or space opera.
I'll also have a mix for each POV character. I curate the playlist that character would listen to. I find that really helps me sink into that person. Plus now and then I can pause and ask what they would think of a particular song. I've had that spark additional ideas and scenes.
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2018, 12:30:40 PM »
I like sounds more than music usually. Sometimes, I'll put on sounds of a train, or songbird by a river, rain on a tent. For some reason, those really work well for me.  8)

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2018, 01:05:27 PM »
I always find it helps me to tune out the distracting thoughts in my head.

This. I use isolation studio headphones (the kind that cover and seal around the whole ear), so music helps me to pretty much tune out reality, too.

I listen to lots of different music* and try to match the emotional vibe with the book (or specific scenes) to keep me in the right head space. I'm in the middle of a cyberpunk novel now, so I'm listening to The Sneaker Pimps' Becoming X and Portishead and trip-hop mixes, as well as sound tracks: Cowboy Bebop, Blade Runner and the original Ghost in the Shell.

For the earlier Palimpsest/Feral books, it was The Deftones and lots and lots of old Yes (especially, Fragile) and Zeppelin (especially, loops of the live versions of No Quarter and Dazed and Confused and Achilles Last Stand). The tone and exploration shifted gears for Young Parisians, so the music shifted as well, to a steady stream of No Doubt, Hole, Veruca Salt, Garbage and old Heart...and still Zeppelin.

I wrote my Punk series to Evanescence's first album, and, of course, lots of early 70's punk, like the Clash and the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, but also 80's hardcore punk like Black Flag and The Dead Kennedys. By the end of the series, I had added a little bit of Rick James for flavor, and a healthy dose of Blondie, Korn, Slipknot and System of a Down, and...um, on yeah, Evanescence.

I also throw European metal into the mix from time to time, if a sense of epicness is required, like Iron Maiden or Eluveitie's album, Slania. (When it comes to fantasy, this album is so, so unbelievably epic...you know, if you're into that sort of thing.**)   ;)

So, yeah, music is a huge part of my process, I'd go so far as to say a critical part - as well as a lot of fun.  :)

It really depends on the tone of what I'm working on.

I have a tendency to put one song on loop for hours when I'm drilling down on a scene and a piece of music really captures what I'm going for.

Glad I'm not the only one. You know, to some, three hours of looping the same three-minute song might appear, I don't know...obsessive?  ::)

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2018, 03:50:20 PM »
Silence!

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 06:32:04 PM »
Typically for me it's either Thundercat's "Drunk" album, or "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane... with an adult beverage or two, I can ride that wave north of 2,000 words.

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2018, 06:39:57 PM »
There's also Brain.fm.
     

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2018, 07:05:27 PM »
I can't - interferes too much. I like putting on rain sounds instead.

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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2018, 07:35:55 PM »
I make a playlist for each book of songs that somehow relate to or inspire certain scenes. I don't listen to music every time I write but for the big action and emotional scenes I do. Really helps set the mood.

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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2018, 07:39:50 PM »
There's also Brain.fm.

Yeah, Brain.fm is surprisingly good. Maybe I should resubscribe.
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Re: Music While Writing
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2018, 08:14:55 PM »
Soundtracks and scores, all the time. Playlists for specific genres, so I'll have music on in the background while I brainstorm, outline, write, edit, proofread, format, and publish. Been listening to a lot of Star Trek music for my freelance work, and a lot of SF scores for my WIP novel series.