Writerly Navel-Gazing ~ Week 7: Questions 7

Part of the 30 Week Writing Challenge. Click here to view all questions.

7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

No. I generally cannot concentrate on my writing — or anything that requires dedicated brain power — with music playing in the background. No, not even classical music. Have you ever listened to Vivaldi’s ‘Presto in G Minor‘? I don’t know how anyone can zone out something as powerful and rousing as that. I am even distracted by relatively mute instrumental pieces, like Emilie Autumn’s ‘Willow‘, simply because I find myself getting swept up in all the lovely mournful peaks and troughs of the melody.

I like to work in the peace and quiet that silence brings or (because there’s no such thing as true silence) some kind of background noise that can be easily zoned out e.g. faint chatter, passing cars, humming fridges. The only kind of music I might stretch to during a writing session is the bland spa-music on my Omm Writer, and even that can prove too distracting sometimes. When I really need to concentrate on a difficult scene (which, as I near the end of my first draft, is often these days), I end up having to switch it off.

As for songs that I relate to my characters, I have written a blog post on this before (click here) and I also have a dedicated Playlist for The Mayor (click here).

To summarise, below are what I like to call my characters’ ‘theme’ songs:

Nell does not have theme song sadly. I have yet to find songs that I specifically associate with her!

S.E. Berrow

Disclaimer: I did try to link to official YouTube channels where possible… but this proved largely impossible. As such, the links to the videos are likely to break — I’ll try to keep them as updated as I can.


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