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Offline Elizabeth Avery

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Music to write by
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:56:06 PM »
Does anyone here put music on in the background while writing, or must there be absolute silence for concentration?
Personally I need some kind of noise in the background or else I get fidgety and distracted.

If you do play music, what kind? Do you have special playlists for different books or characters, so you can get better in the mood while writing them?
I prefer instrumental stuff while writing because the lyrics make me want to sing, but I have specific artists and songs that remind me of my characters, or could be the sound track for specific chapters or events.
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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 09:13:56 PM »
I have an entire playlist. I even have certain songs that are almost character themse and help me get in the head-space for that character, as well as tracks that I like to hear for particular scenes.  It's mostly music from movies and television that was playing during certain scenes or even just in trailers that worked well.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 09:16:31 PM »
Usually silence... but occasionally I will throw on a soundtrack, such as Creepshow (piano) or The Fog, or even Netherworld.

Instrumental only.

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 09:43:27 PM »
I have a playlist on YT that I add to every so often. Everything from instrumental stuff to Dead or Alive's "You spin me round (like a record)." I used to use it for art streams, so it's forever labeled "Kal's Streaming Playlist."

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 10:16:39 PM »
Sometimes I put this on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg7netw1JuM

Other times, this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYnA9wWFHLI

And sometimes I prefer silence.  Depends on the mood, I guess.
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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 10:22:50 PM »
Definitely. I have 2 lists in yplay just for writing. Mix of instrumental, theme tunes from PC games, classics, catchy stuff, slow stuff, heavy beat ... but they must be tracks I can hear up to 30 times a day. Even then, when I finally tire of one set I switch to the other one.

Spin me Around is on there - I like the Ultimix version.


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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2018, 02:32:18 AM »
I'm ok with lyrics most of the time as long as I don't have the urge to sing along. Movie soundtracks are really good. I recently discovered Hans Zimmer Live in Prague on Netflix. Right now I'm listening to Psychedelic & Stoner Rock as it came up in YouTube's autoplay at some point after listening to Marylyn Manson and Metallica.

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2018, 02:57:20 AM »
I've begun writing solely when I'm commuting to work, so I usually listen to the songs on my mp3 player (Arcade Fire, Electric Swing Circus, Pet Shop Boys, to name but a few).

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 03:08:09 AM »
Sometimes silence, sometimes music.

Classic rock, hard & heavy rock & instrumental mostly.

Got to love some Front242, Rammstein, Pink Floyd, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Brian May (Back to the light is going on right now), Doro (ooh, Whiter Shade of Pale will be next I think, that's the only track in my entire 63 years that I've loved more than the original, even though the original is amazing).
Gorky Park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, New Model Army, The Sisters of Mercy, Muse, Mike Oldfield.
Too many to list but I just spotted Ozric Tentacles in my playlist & that's always good for writing to. :)

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2018, 04:03:32 AM »
For the most part, I listen to Spotify's study music. The thunder, beach and rain ones are pretty good. Or brain focus is good as well for that. I will at times make a playlist for each book I'm working on and let me tell you, listening to Christmas music in July really thrills my husband.
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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2018, 04:10:36 AM »
Oh yeah, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield and Dire Straits are faves too.


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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2018, 04:12:58 AM »
I almost always listen to music. I don't want music that is new to me, though, because it distracts.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2018, 04:31:59 AM »
Have to have music. Silence is too distracting, while the right music really gets me into the zone. I make a playlist for each project, of songs with music and/or lyrics that evoke the feeling of the book or that go with a specific scene or character, and I also have a general writing inspiration playlist. There's a lot of progressive metal - Kamelot, Myrath, and Xandria are big favorites right now. (Yes, darn it, 55-year-old grandmas are allowed to listen to metal. So there.) The soundtrack for my fantasy-western books is based on the album Danger Days by My Chemical Romance. Throw in some variety, from Dire Straits to Green Day to AFI.

I have specific artists and songs that remind me of my characters, or could be the sound track for specific chapters or events.


Same here. I love it when I find that perfect song for a character or scene!


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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2018, 07:14:25 AM »
Usually the radio. The South Asian station 100km north of me has awesome music playing overnights.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2018, 08:27:39 PM »
Always music. I have Spotify playlists for each area of the world I've created, and I switch between them from scene to scene.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2018, 08:30:11 PM »
I've collected game, movie, and TV scores for decades, and by this time I have several themed playlists that I have on in the background when I outline and write. I love writing new scenes to old musical tracks, esp from movies I haven't seen and therefore have no preconceived notions of what action specifically fit the music track.

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2018, 09:55:43 PM »
I listen to Synthwave/Retrowave/Chillwave playlists. '80s throwback instrumentals. Sometimes I'll throw on the 'Blade Runner 2049' soundtrack as well.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2018, 07:06:21 AM »

I've used Spotify Focus playlists. But recently I've started to use Brain.fm.

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2018, 07:49:47 AM »
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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2018, 08:39:40 AM »
I put on headphones and use the music to drown out the world around me. It helps me hear the characters better. I use instrumentals the most and my current favorite is Two Steps From Hell - Skyworld https://www.amazon.com/Skyworld-Two-Steps-Hell/dp/B00A6SZRJ0
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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2018, 08:51:32 AM »
Always music while I'm working. If it's character research/planning it'll be music the character would listen to. It helps me get into their heads. For actual scene writing it might be that music or movie scores with the right energy/mood.

Whenever I've tried (or had) to write in silence I never like the result as much.
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2018, 09:54:29 AM »
I have a YT playlist with over fifty videos in it that has music for all kinds of moods. I am constantly updating the list when I see something that fits into it.

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Re: Music to write by
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2018, 11:02:18 AM »
Music makes me daydream. It's great for helping me work out plot holes or when my brain needs a break, but I absolutely can not listen to it while I'm writing. I can listen to it while I do very light edits such as typos and things like that, but basically anything that requires new words I need complete silence for. I haven't tried much music without words, so that might be a bit better for me, but it really doesn't bother me to work in silence.
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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2018, 11:06:09 AM »
Soundtrack to The Fountain by Clint Mansell. Here's an example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3skXjCmvVc
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