Hey all! What kind of sounds do you enjoy in your creative environments? It’s a weird question, I know, but it’s an interesting one. A lot of people I’ve talked to about this can’t work in noisy places. They go so far as to carry around those noise-cancelling headphones if they decide to write outside of their usual area. It’s a neat idea, since it’s not only dampening noise, but also giving people a visual sign that you don’t want to be bothered. However, I couldn’t do that. I like to work when there’re sounds all around (preferably music). So, I thought I’d share some of the music I write by.
Honestly, I don’t really have much in the way of criteria when it comes to the music I listen to while writing. I basically just hit shuffle on my iTunes and I’m ready to go. I usually try to start with a song in a language I don’t speak much of, because it’s easier to not get distracted when you can’t sing along. Any language will do, really, but I’m partial to Japanese. Though my music ranges from English to Japanese to German to Spanish to French to Thai to… well, you get the idea.
Buck-Tick is one of my go-tos for writing.
Anyway, on the rare occasion that I do more than hit shuffle, I’m usually looking for a song that sets a certain mood. Take the song above, if I’m looking to write something epic (like fantasy epic, not epic for the sake of epic), that would be on the list. My writing tends to lean more towards horror a lot of the time, so you can bet I have a ton of rage music. Dir en grey, Rammstein, basically all your screamers and growlers go on the rage list. Then there’s the happy rage (see below, but beware of foul language) which is really helpful when writing certain characters. You know the ones I mean. We all have them.
I suppose I have to admit that I also have a number of sappy songs. I blame a certain male I used to know for that. These are the types of songs I never used to own. Ah well. I suppose we all need a reason for a little sap. Admittedly, it’s actually helpful to have musicians like James Blunt and Lifehouse and others in my collection. I find more and more romance seeping into my writing, so it’s good to have that kind of playlist. Plus, you know, the music is really good.
So yeah, my writing music spans pretty much everything. Also, it runs the gamut of the years. I mostly mentioned 90’s and later here, but I have classical and oldies and everything in between.
As I was asking in the beginning, are you more of a quiet worker or noisy? What kind of noise? Nature or music? What kind of music? I’m curious to know how my method differs from yours, so drop me a line on here or Facebook or Twitter or Google+!