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Classic Rock
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:36 am
Iggy says...

Pretty self-explanatory! What did you pick and why? :)
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:50 am
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Dest says...

For me, I write better to instrumentals. If I'm listening to a song with words, I focus more on the lyrics than my story.

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TheSilverFox says...

Instrumental is my favorite music to write to because lyrics and voices have a greater tendency to distract me from my writing, as they're often louder and harder to ignore. Instrumental sounds tend to fade into the background, where their style and pacing can energize me and satisfy my love of music (too, I am an amateur pianist, although other instruments interest me heavily). They also do a good job of drowning out my surroundings and capturing a wide variety of moods that I can convey in my writing. So, I find those are easily the best type of music to write to. :D
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:54 am
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TriSARAHtops says...

It doesn't really matter for me! I just end up tuning it out and not listening anyway, so the type of music becomes irrelevant pretty quickly :P
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Lumi says...

Gonna echo Fox and Dest with the Instrumental deal! It may not always be instrumental insofar as classical, though that plays a heavy part in worldbuilding and generating/focusing thoughts for new and unrefined ideas. Sometimes there's just a song with a good beat that keeps my fight on tempo that I listen to with the words stripped out.
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Audy says...

Oh man, Amadeus and other string quartets are like my ultimate writing muse.

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Wolfical says...

It's hard for me not to jump on classic rock! as an option for something because I love it so much. But knowing me, if I tune into my favorite, self-constructed Pandora station of classic/folk rock while attempting to write, I'll just end up typing the lyrics on accident as I sing them.

Classical's the best for this. Movie soundtracks, specifically.
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Alpha says...

Apocalyptica. Cello metal band, haha. I love original soundtracks that you can only find on YouTube that are titled something like 60 Minutes of Epic Symphonic Metal Music (Dark and Witchy); it's pretty cute. That kind of music is great for writing for me.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:32 am
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Kaylaa says...

I picked Other since I listen to a bunch of different stuff when I'm writing. I do poetry so it's usually softer stuff whether it be with instrumentals or vocals. It only really distracts me or bothers me when its really loud or when I can't pay attention to the thing I'm writing. I listen to more quiet or sad things just to get into the mood but when I'm really in the zone I kind of just ignore the music I'm listening to and let it play in the background.

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Mea says...

Almost everything I regularly listen to is instrumental anyway, so I suppose it's not particularly surprising that what I listen to while writing is instrumental, too.

Something I will do is try to get the right song to fit the mood if it's a particularly intense scene. Like, I love listening to epic battle music when I'm writing an epic battle - it's how I wrote the climax to my first novel. A two-hour epic Celtic music video on Youtube, and then I just wrote away.
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TheMaieuticMesmerist says...

I only picked other since I listen to Instrumental, Jazz, choral and A Capella music when I write. I'll also throw in certain rock music as well (well, rock with classical twists, like the 2Cellos, or Guns, Drums and Steel, etc) So yeah...

I really don't mind what I listen to, since when I write I tend to mute/muffle out everything else around me, but music helps stimulate my thoughts and connect the strands of ideas that would otherwise just be drifting around in the chaos that is my head.

But I prefer Instrumental and choral music over other music usually (mostly because I'm a fantasy writer, and this music helps set the mood)
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CaptainJack says...

I find Classic Rock to be the best. But before you jump on this opinion and I fall into the abyss of embarrassment, read the following.
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You all are probably writing beautiful poetry and deep novels that seem simple on the surface but are in fact about some war or controversy or something. (and for that you are great people.) For purposes like that, I'm sure classical music is great. But I don't write like that. Rock music plays a very big role in my novel as well as classic country. So for my writing tastes, which aren't great, I wouldn't be able to follow classical music while trying to write about the invasion of aliens from one place to another.

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Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:34 pm
micamouth says...

Usually it'll be instrumental math rock, some alt-folk. I try to listen to things where the lyrics aren't too strong first, but once I'm really into whatever I'm writing I'll get into the heavier stuff.
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Nate says...

My favorite playlist for when I'm doing coding or writing something is the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross soundtrack for The Social Network. It's great!
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