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Do you need silence or can you write while life goes on around you

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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) do you need silence to write?
I have music playing to get me in the mood.

message 2: by Veronica (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) It doesn't matter much, but I definitly prefer silence.

message 3: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Weaver (brendaweaver) | 22 comments I prefer silence as well...although really haven't tried writing with music, but the genre that I write in there isn't much music available to get me in the mood so I decline to just plain silence :)

message 4: by Shayne (new)

Shayne I'm fairly good at shutting out the world, within limits. Loud noises, especially insistent ones, make it difficult for me to concentrate, but that aside I can write accompanied by silence, speech, cafe conversation, weather or music.

message 5: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I prefer silence. I start listening and enjoying what is going on around me instead of writing if I have any noise.

message 6: by Letitia (last edited Jun 15, 2008 09:10AM) (new)

Letitia | 10 comments I find that being in a center of activity, or someplace where I have sensory stimulation, brings on a flood of ideas, so I take copious notes. It does not turn into anything beautifully poetic until I'm on my own later, however. I have a playlist on my iTunes that is titled "writing" because it is particularly suited to stimulating said activity. :-)

message 7: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) I even used the first verse of the Who's Baba O'Riley - in My latest novel. I will have to check for permissions on this before I publish though.

message 8: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) I have music that I just love from quiet to rockin.

message 9: by Gina (new)

Gina (ginrobi) | 7 comments It's very rare that I do anything in silence. While doing the dishes, I've got music on. While reading, I've got the TV to keep me company - background noise mostly. I have difficulty writing when the kids are running around... when it gets silent, I know they're up to no good but it takes me a while to figure that out when I'm engrossed in what I'm doing. Since my husband was on full time nights for 5 and a half years (40 hours a week), the TV or music always kept me company and I got used to it, especially when writing. Sometimes music just helps with the flow. Now I prefer it - but after a particularly hard day, I'll take an hour to read with nothing on. Just to get a little peace...

message 10: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) peace is good Gina we all need alittle of that.

message 11: by Ainsley Jo (last edited Jun 28, 2008 06:45AM) (new)

Ainsley Jo (aj1952chats) | 1 comments It depends.

If I really want to focus, I'll sometimes wear headphones--or even earplugs and headphones--so that I'm not distracted from what I'm doing.

However, when I'm not that focused, I generally have my favorite country music station playing in the background.

If you're a fellow Hoosier (from this part of the state), it's WFMS 95.5 FM. If you don't live close-by, you can go to their website and click on their listening option...

message 12: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) cool I like country. I just don't like the old sappy stuff.

message 13: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) Nothing like a good rocking country tune or classic rock to get the juices flowing.

message 14: by Gina (new)

Gina (ginrobi) | 7 comments Yeah, I'm not much on the old stuff either - although there are some really good ones. While I don't mind country, I won't go out of my way to listen to it.

message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenvwrites) I just can't write in silence--It's too deafening.

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