I realized the other night while writing my short story for Wednesday that I write better when I listen to music. I will use the music to set the mood of the story. I was listening to “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. I don’t know the lyrics, I didn’t listen well enough. It was more of the sound of the music itself. It was sort of slow and depressing and beautiful. Which may be why my short story this week ended up being a little dark.
I also listen to music while I am reading sometimes. My house is super loud. My brother is always shouting at his computer, playing games, and my dad usually has the television in the living room on blast. I live in a double wide trailer…sound travels and some days I feel like it all makes it’s way into my room. Like, my room is a sound magnet. So I have to use music to drown out the the noise around me.
Once I get into the book I am reading I don’t have a problem. But with writing, if I stop to think about the story for a second, all the noise in the house falls into my ears and distracts me from the story. If I have music on, something that is stetting the mood of what I am writing, I can focus on that when my fingers need a break. Then I just slip back into what I was doing with no problem.
Is it weird that I can listen to music while reading? I know a lot of authors listen to music while writing. One of my favorite authors, Kim Harrison, listens to music to set the mood of what she is writing. I know Stephanie Meyers, author of twilight, would share play list for all of her books. So writing with music doesn’t seem all that strange. But I have been told that it’s strange to listen to music while reading.
Sorry, I’m rambling.
So tell me, do you put on music to read and/or write?