There are many different ways of telling a story, whether it’s orally or written. But there are some ways of telling a story that many people don’t realize is there. Art tells a story. So does music. It describes culture, occurrences, and makes people feel emotions. Therefore, it is very important to use music when you’re a writer.
Some people don’t like music while they’re trying to concentrate, but a lot of people find it very helpful. So if you know you’re the former, you might want to find another source of noise, maybe not as musical, such as noisli.com, coffitivity.com, or rainycafe.com. These three sites I’ve listed (and there are many more if you Google search “background noise”) can provide the substantial background noise that keeps you from listening to silence, but at the same time, doesn’t make you look around to see where the noise is coming from and therefore aren’t as distracting as music or a real café.
However, if you’re like me, and music helps the words flow from your hands (or helps productivity in other ways, depending on what you’re doing while you listen to it), then I have a few suggestions for you.
- Correlate music with the scene you’re writing. By this I mean to keep in mind the mood, setting, and theme of what you’re writing and find music that makes you think of it. It will help the productivity flow, as well as help your thoughts run more smoothly and increase focus.
- Don’t listen to music with lyrics. Lyrical music can be even more distracting, because you’ll be so caught up in listening to the words that you don’t notice what you’re writing. You might even accidentally write one of the words the song said.
- Expand your horizons. Don’t confine yourself to the same music. If you listen to the same song, or even the same artist, every time you write you’ll feel similarly to how you did on that last scene. I suggest expanding and growing a new love for other songs, other genres that you’ve never heard of/listened to before.
These are some of the tips I’ve picked up from personal experience. I hoped they helped.
I also want to say something else about music: it’s so much more similar to writing than you ever thought. It’s not as hard as you think to find music that reminds you of a certain scene. Once you do, you’ll find that it’s extraordinarily helpful.
Thank you for reading my blog this week! My apologies for the fact that it’s of a shorter variant today. I post new blogs at least once a week, so stay tuned.