A few writer friends recently asked me on twitter if I had a blog. At that point, the answer was, “No,” because honestly I’m not sure how interesting I can be in this format. I’m not sure how interesting I am in any other environment, come to that. 😉 Nevertheless, though I may not be able to add much to the plethora of excellent blogs out there detailing the journey from stolen-moment writer to published author, those friends were right to tell me that I really should have a web-presence in more than 140-character bursts.
So here I am. And because I’m all perked-up by having just made this blog, I’m not content to leave the first post as just an introduction. I’m going to talk about music.
On a writing blog. Yes.
The question of whether to have music on while writing gets a different answer from almost all of the writers I know. Some need complete silence, some have quiet background music on some of the time, others can only write to classical or instrumental stuff. Music-junkie that I am, I fall at the extreme must-have-tunes-ALLTHETIMEZOMG end of the spectrum. I literally can’t write without it. This reminds me of ninth grade, when I actually proved to a teacher that I perform better on exams when I have something to occupy the rather large percentage of my brain that is susceptible to being distracted by sparkles.
Recently, this has become even more of a “thing” for me since one of my current works-in-progress – and the one I am working on most diligently at this moment (when I’m not making blogs, writing introductory posts, baking cookies, or digging in the fridge for that last, lonely diet coke) is actually about music. This means that those hours of playlist-building, which those uptight people in my life might label procrastination, are actually research. Ha! Shows what they know.
Currently playing: an eclectic mix of guys-with-guitars of the indie-rock persuasion. The fact that most of them look great in eyeliner has nothing to do with my appreciation of their music. I swear. Though my protagonist is a guy-with-guitar of the indie-rock persuasion who happens to look good in eyeliner, so if anyone asks…it’s research. Inspiration, even.
It’s likely that no one’s reading this yet, but if you’re out there…what are you listening to? Do you have different playlists for different types of scenes? Different characters? Or are you the silence-is-golden type?