Peace and Quiet – (What I need to write)
By Lynne Marshall
I’m always amazed by authors who have a play list for their writing. Maybe it’s just me, and maybe I have a touch of ADD, but I can’t concentrate on writing when music is playing.
I’ve loved music my whole life. It isn’t something that should be in the background, like on elevators or in markets. Music is to be listened to. That’s where I get into trouble. How am I supposed to write AND listen to music at the same time? I’m perfectly capable of multitasking in life, but not when I’m writing OR listening to music.
Music pulls me into whatever mood the song is about. Also, being a wannabe dancer from the time I was twelve, I cannot sit still when I hear music. It does something to the synapses in my brain and forces me to move. Music is to dance to! Music is to cry to or laugh to or run around crazy to, but not to write during. Again, my opinion only, others’ mileage may vary.
I do believe in listening to music to get in the mood for writing, and consider it a kind of tuning of my brain. A song list would be great to help prepare for the perfect mood I’m trying to convey while writing.
When I write I want tranquility, and when I want tranquility I think of silence. I also think of beauty like the photo I’ve included in this blog. Let’s all stare at it for a few moments. Ahhhh. Now I’m ready to write.
Feel like helping me get my play list together? Can you tell me a song that puts you in any of these moods? Popular or classical music is fine with me.
I’d love your input!
Until next time, make it a great one!