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On Writing : In silence or sound... by E. L. Reedy

E. L. Reedy

In silence or sound...

Just a curiosity. When I write, it's usually longhand, and when I do so, it's done to some sort of instrumental music. Music with words is too distracting. When I edit, it doesn't really matter. So when you write... Is it with music or in silence?

Bruno Lacroix

Silence is a must for concentration.

Jodi Drinkwater

Wordless music or silence.

Christine Ashworth

Music, most of the time, but not always. Has to be on the computer, too...my brain goes too fast to write longhand.

Mona Deutsch Miller

Silence or instrumental music - I agree, words with the music is too distracting.

Kings Melly

i need the music to run over and over so i can add the lyrics,,sometimes i have lyrics without tunes..this is more difficult for me.and i end up humming in bed all night

Deanna Scott

I can write with silence or any noise around me because I block it out, however there is a limit. I have 6 people in my home right now, 2 small children, and when the tantrums start or the crying persists I have to stop. Thats when I have to draw the line

Susan I. Weinstein

Actually, I do the same thing. I listen to instrumental while I write. Usually classical, sometimes jazz but something without emotion that interferes with what I'm writing.

Louisiana Dalton

I rarely listen to anything while I'm writing, except my own head.

David Taylor


Gavion E. Chandler

I listen to Crimson Tide or some instrumental piece that captures the mood of the play. For 'Haunts and Mindscapes' one of my plays that I wrote I listened to music that Kenny Johnson wrote for the play. And music allows me to focus and drown out the noise of the house and the world around me.

Jodi Drinkwater

Instrumental music only.

Deanna Scott

IF anything is playing like music or tv I usually tune it out when i"m writing. If you're the kind of person who is inspired by a certain music I'd use that to inspire me if I were you

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