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    What Do You Listen to While You Write?

    I have to listen to music during the first draft of any fiction I write.

    It really gets my gears turning, if I find the right tunes. For American Inferno (my submission for the contest), I listened to instrumentals: selections from the scores for Signs, The Happening, Inception, and 28 Weeks Later. I love James Newton Howard, in particular. His scores are so evocative and brooding, creating a wonderful sense of place and encroaching dread.

    I'm working on an apocalyptic story at the moment, and have been pumping Rage Against the Machine and One Day as a Lion (Zack De La Rocha's post-Rage band) through my headphones, along with the wonderful Nine Inch Nails concept album Year Zero.

    So, what do you guys listen to while writing? For your contest entry or otherwise. Or do you not listen to music? Why/why not?

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    I listen to anything from classical, to rap, to blues, to rock, heavy stuff, to crooners, and everything in between. Not a lot of country though, as it never caught for me. I use itunes genius selections and just pic a mood, so to say. Lately I have been on a Cage the Elephant phase, coming off of an 80's trend.

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    I listen to absolutely nothing. Too distracting; I keep finding myself paying more attention to the lyrics or music than I am to the writing. Same goes for reading. I have to have relative silence in order to give my full attention.

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    It's hard for me to listen to anything with lyrics, since I tend to want to sing along. I like instrumental stuff, or music with lyrics in a different language.

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    Try Joe Satriani

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    Depends on what mood I'm in. If I'm writing a sad or upsetting story I listen to really slow Country music, but if I'm writing a really upbeat story then I have to have upbeat Country music. I keep two separate play lists, one for each mood.

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    All sorts of things, but a few staples would be: WARREN ZEVON, JOHNNY CASH, 16 HORSEPOWER and TOM WAITS.

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    Here's me axe collection. My amp goes one higher, to eleven.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...1784524&type=1

    Bah, not sure if you can see it.

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    I find that if the music has a good melody, and lyrics that flow with it, that lyrics don't distract me. Unless I'm editing. I can't really do any music while I edit.

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    Angry Holst

    I like listening to Gustav Holst when I write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malestrom View Post
    I like listening to Gustav Holst when I write.
    The Planets? Hell yeah.

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    Nothing. Silence = focus. I can have the current sentence scribbling on the pad while the next three are already forming in my head. Drawing and painting, though, is mindless. I crank up YES, RUSH, King Crimson, Green Day very very LOUD!

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    Always appreciate a good Spinal Tap reference. :-)

    I actually won a Satriani CD back in the 90's during a radio call-in contest. Have it kicking around somewhere.

    I forgot, I can also dig some Tool while writing. It really depends with me. I do sometimes work okay with music that has lyrics. Just depends I guess.

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    If I want to get in the zone and churn out prose, I always seem to return to Orbital's The Box.

    I build playlists for certain characters, too.

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    I can't listen to music when I write. I've tried, but it distracts me.

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    Cool

    I listen to Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. Also love Rick Wakeman and Yes. After first draft I break out my Led Zepplin Discography and treat myself to the best with a glass of Crown on the rocks.
    Last edited by Randy D. Rubin; 06-10-2011 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draven Ames View Post
    I can't listen to music when I write. I've tried, but it distracts me.
    I second that!

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    Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman nourishes much of my writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldritch View Post
    Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman nourishes much of my writing.
    When I'm writing the right kind of story, Elfman's perfect. I pretty much listened to his Serenada Schizophrenia non-stop while writing a story called "The Finger Gave Itself" about a prosthetic limb salesman whose wares turn on him. Gonna be published next year in an antho with Draven (forgive a little self-promo there!).

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