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Music For Your Muse

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I know I did. You can tell since I haven’t published a new blog post for a darn week, but vacations must come to an end. So here I am writing about something else and while I am writing this guess what I am also doing… guess… and keep your mind out of the gutter! What I am doing is listening to music.


You do that don’t you? Of course you do, listening to music does more than block out annoying neighbors. It can help a writer with the creative process.

Sometimes when I am brainstorming a story I listen to music to help with building my fictional world. Do you do that? If not, try it. Do it to take your mind to a creative place and to keep it there during your writing sessions.

What type of music do I listen to when writing? I listen to classical, mostly. I am a huge fan of Philip Glass. But it really depends on what I am writing. Even if I am working on one novel I may listen to different kinds of music to help me create the mood of each chapter or scene. Now do you do that? If not then give it a try.

Below is an example of what I like to listen to when I am writing. I know, this is a very beautiful song:



Does the song take you to a special place? Is it happy or sad? Are there people? What are they doing? Is there conflict? Is there a story? I have found that listening to music can also help with breaking writer’s block. What do you think?

5 comments:

  1. I've found, time and again, the best music to make me creative is alternative rock. STP's Purple is my favorite album. It sinks into the background and shoves me forward. I love it. Classical is great as well. But whatever music it is it can't be too loud and jarring. It has to have a flow to it. Some stuff I really love to listen to but can't write to are Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson just because the rhythm changes too much.

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  2. I write mostly to David Arkenstone and Enya. I find it's nice background music that doesn't pull my focus away from what I'm working on.

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  3. For me, I cannot listen to music when I'm writing. I need total silence or else nothing will get written. When I'm listening to music I'm usually singing along and dancing my butt off.

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  4. Then dance away, Robley.

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  5. I like classical background music. It helps me focus on my writing. Often I'll play "Ambience - soundtrack for Christian living" which features a classic guitar.

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