Friday, November 23

Music To Write To

I’ve been writing for about five years, and I’ve never been one to write while listening to music.

However, since joining myspace and picking profile songs, I’ve been hooked on some songs that really strike a chord with me.

You know the kind of songs that make you have to tap your feet, or wiggle your hips, or just get up and move. :)

So for my birthday in a few weeks, I asked for something small to download my music—the iPod nano was on sale for Black Friday and we picked up my present early.

Okay, I’m picky with my music and I have about 9 songs downloaded for my first day--haha--but they are songs that I can’t help singing along with, and now I’ll be moving along to the tunes as I write.

How about anyone else? Music while you write, or silence works for you?


Sara Hantz said...

I love listening to the radio when I write. I think it's the combination of music and talking that helps me concentrate!

Alyson Noel said...

I make "soundtracks" for all of my books- a selection of songs that provoke just the right mood, or memory. But by the time I type "The End" I pretty much never want to hear those songs again!

Jessica Burkhart said...

I love soundtracks that are instrumental. Writing to Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney and music from Charlie Brown are some of my favs.

Amanda Ashby said...

I hadn't really listened to much music in years and then when a friend gave me an iPod last year, it totally changed my life and use it all the time. Another fantastic invention is You can put all your fav songs on it and then add it to your blog and myspace pages. So. Much. Fun!!!

Shari said...

Silence, unless I've made a soundtrack for the novel (which I've only done once so far).

Wendy Toliver said...

With three boys ages 7, 5, and 1, and sometimes double that when friends are over, I'm a bit partial to silence. Mainly, I can hear if the baby wakes up from his nap or if one of the other boys is being naughty.

Kelly Parra said...

Sara, I love the eclectic mix from the radio!
Alyson, wow, that sounds like a great idea!

Kelly Parra said...

Jessica, I've always been a fan of soundtracks!
Amanda, so true! iPods change things, haha!

Kelly Parra said...

Shari, I might try it one time. Sounds fun!
Wendy, I know. I felt the same until I got the nano! hehe.

A Paperback Writer said...

I'm usually partial to silence -- so I can hear the characters talking in my head (yes, I hear voices in my head-- have fun with that one), but for one ms., which had to do with a music competition, I played several Scott Joplin songs over and over again, since the protag had to refer to those songs so often. Now, whenever I hear Joplin, I think of that story.

Kelly Parra said...

Paperback Writer, sounds like a great strategy! Thanks for sharing!

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