Now it’s time to discuss…
The Freelance Writer’s Music Choices
Of course this is based on individual preference, but it’s important to listen to music that won’t distract you from actually doing your writing. Remember, you can’t truly multitask well: you can’t give the music your full attention and also give your writing your full attention.
That’s why when I write I listen to music that is soothing and helps block any street/outside noise, or noise from elsewhere in the house, but that also is not jarring or has a fast beat.
Music Apps for Writers
As many of you know, I haven’t yet joined the smartphone revolution. However, there are more and more apps out there for the huge majority of you that do have smartphones. Jenn Mattern discusses one she likes here.
And When I’m Not Writing?
I listen to a wide variety of music when I’m driving or cooking or cleaning or doing yoga.
I‘m a big bossa nova fan with a specific Pandora channel for Baden Powell and another for Joao Gilberto.
I like classic rock: Led Zeppelin, the Beatles (later stuff). I have channels for both bands, plus many others.
I also listen to a lot of flamenco: Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Jose Merce, and many others. Ditto on the Pandora channels for these flamenco greats.
Speaking of great flamenco guitarists, check out the
Great Visuals in This Vicente Amigo Flamenco Vid
What do you listen to when you write? Do you think it increases your productivity or hurts it? And what do you listen to when you’re not writing?