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Poll Question: Do you write while listening to music?
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    Posted: 27 Jul 2006 at 10:42am
I am sitting, here finishing up my first draft, while listening to "The Chorus".
 
I always write to music.  I don't think I could write without it.  Recently, I have actually created an ITunes playlist for each piece I am working on and I fill it with music that fits the mood of the script I am writing.

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I never listen to music when I write although I often think that I should.

Anything with lyrics distracts me and most of my music collection is lyrical. I very, very rarely listen to a movie soundtrack when I write but I find even instrumental music distracting.

I need complete silence so I can hear the voices in my head Smile
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Originally posted by Requiem Requiem wrote:

I need complete silence so I can hear the voices in my head Smile
The voices in my head must be noisier.

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Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

When I do, it's generally when I don't have a deadline, so if I get distracted then it's no big deal.  Instrumentals, mostly.

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Most of the time I do. I discovered the music channels on my digital cable tv.

So far I learned that for me: Silence is bad, reality tv is bad, being near my beloved but hyper dog is bad (for writing purposes)

Airports and restaurants are good, music is good unless it's my neighbor's thumping bass, waiting for car to be finished at car dealer service department = good

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How could I write to music - then I couldn't hear the ticking clock. I usually have cable news on - so I get some background noice but I don't care about what those idiots have to say.
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Originally posted by Chris Messineo Chris Messineo wrote:

I am sitting, here finishing up my first draft, while listening to "The Chorus".
 
I always write to music.  I don't think I could write without it.  Recently, I have actually created an ITunes playlist for each piece I am working on and I fill it with music that fits the mood of the script I am writing.

Chris
 
You are scaring me - I also have a list for each piece, and the tunes are in the piece I am currently working on -  I use Real Rhapsody.
 
I'm an IT guy as well.
 
I'll be 39 in less than a week.
 
I live in NJ.
 
Bill
 
 
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I had to vote "sometimes" because you didn't have "most of the time".  I find that I normally write much better if I am listening to the right music, then the music becomes so entwined with the script in my mind that whenver I hear it later, I think of specific scenes or moods of the script and I pretty much cannot use that music while writing any other screenplay.

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Originally posted by Willie Willie wrote:

You are scaring me - I also have a list for each piece, and the tunes are in the piece I am currently working on -  I use Real Rhapsody.
 
I'm an IT guy as well.
 
I'll be 39 in less than a week.
 
I live in NJ.
 
Bill
Talk about coincidences.
 
Are you also wanted by the federal authorities in connection with some out of state felonies?

Chris


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Originally posted by Chris Messineo Chris Messineo wrote:

Talk about coincidences.
 
Are you also wanted by the federal authorities in connection with some out of state felonies?

Chris
 
No - I do however have a stunt-dummy... double, right - a stunt-double who seems to be having some trouble.
 
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