Lots of writers listen to music while they write. I understand the appeal. Helps you focus and you get music while you work. It’s like multitasking.
I generally don’t listen to music while I write. Edit, yes. Write, no. It’s too distracting for me when I’m trying to create. If I choose to write while listening to music, it has to be something I love, yet can ignore. And I like it to kind of be relevant to the mood of what I’m writing, if possible.
As I was working on my WIP, Shifting Sands, I wanted to listen to music.
I went to this site: Chicken on a Raft
The song plays over and over automatically. It’s a real sea shanty (shanties and folk songs are great). It’s a fun song. And after the first minute, I can ignore it enough to write. (I’m listening to it as I write this post.) It has no relevance to the mood of my current WIP.
And that’s my writing-quirk reveal for today! Tune in next time…
When I was finishing the last of my editing for my last book, I listened to the soundtrack from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a group called Chameleon Circuit, who does/did Doctor Who songs (I don’t know if they’re still a band or not). I also listened to music from the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean 3. I tried listening to various symphonies of Tchaikovsky (5th, 6th, and “Manfred”, at a friend’s suggestion). I have had several plot bunnies sparked by song lyrics.
I am very well-rounded musically, even if I can’t write to symphonies, soundtracks, or Swift (Taylor). Apparently, my brain prefers shanties for this inky work.