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music, and writing - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
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music, and writing
Do you write whilst listening to music? Or do you prefer just the clatter of the keyboard or scratching of a pen?

I'm currently listening to Lúnasa, 'Mean Fomhair' from their self-titled album, having tried various other genres with little success. I have to say it's going quite well.

So, dear writer. What do *you* listen to when writing?
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From: nallac Date: November 9th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (linky)
I normally have radio 2 or 7 on when I'm coding, but it has been suggested that silence is less distracting. I'm thinking about giving that a try.
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dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 9th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (linky)
ha! that's awesome.
From: nallac Date: November 10th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (linky)
I think that's a bit 'active' (?) to be background music. I wouldn't be able to ignore it enough.
takarosa From: takarosa Date: November 9th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC) (linky)
When I was writing the Inside Novell NetWare series of technical books, I used to write best when I had on old black and white movies.

Now, I find that TripHop (Hooverphonic, Portishead, Lamb...) puts me in the right frame of mind to produce fiction.
boliviafang From: boliviafang Date: November 10th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC) (linky)
I typically need a catalyst to write. Some little event which triggers an imaginary conversation or adventure which I then need to write about as quickly as possible.

Since that's the case, I write to anything. I never even notice my background. I often write my vignettes in the middle of projects at the office. Or while a television show is playing at night. I think I would find "sitting down to write" with music and wine and fresh quills and all manner of other writerly accoutrement too intimidating.

On the other hand, I often find pictures very inspiring. Here are a few of my latest faves.

Italian alley 1

[Edit: oops, they didn't like me linking to alley #2.]

Italian alley 3

Edited at 2008-11-10 12:55 am (UTC)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 10th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (linky)
neither link works for me. :(
elaby From: elaby Date: November 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (linky)
I listen to Caitirin's music most of the time XD Since we're normally writing together. She's been listening to this one Maaya Sakamoto song called "Farewell Letter" on repeat.
caitirin From: caitirin Date: November 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (linky)
I listen to all kinds of things. Right now Sakamoto Maaya's Okitegami is the number one.
lebeautemps From: lebeautemps Date: November 10th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC) (linky)
Law stuff requires silence generally for me, especially if I'm trying to be clever at the same time.
ayoub From: ayoub Date: November 10th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC) (linky)
I've been listening to a combination of E.S. Posthumus, and Enigma... But it really depends on the pace I want to set for the scene... :D
san_valentine From: san_valentine Date: November 10th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC) (linky)
I prefer instrumental, or mostly so, music. Songs are too distracting. I have a bunch of cds that live on top of my monitor which are my principal 'writing' music.
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Dark side of the Moon
Soundtracks: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon A time In The West.
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Air - Moon Safari
Enigma - MCMXC ad
Silence ('classical music to soothe the spirit and calm the senses')(note: not actually silent)
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