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Fanfic Writing Meme #25

We watched "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" for the first time in a while last night. I still tear up every time I watch it. It amazes me how much this episode affects me every time.

25. Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

In general, I don't listen to music while I write. Music distracts me, because I tend to sit and actually listen to the music, rather than just have it in the background. I think it's because I play music, so when music is playing, I like to analyze what I'm hearing (especially orchestral music, and since I usually have on Murray Gold's beautiful DW instrumental pieces, I'm always hooked on listening directly to it). More recently, I've been learning to play percussion, so when there's music playing, I'm often listening to the percussion and thinking about how to play what I'm hearing. (I love the drums in This is Gallifrey!) Other times, music will affect what I'm thinking about, distracting me away from what I need to be thinking about while writing.

I don't need complete quiet, though. Having grown up with a bedroom with a window (usually open when it was hot) on the busiest street in the town, I'm used to filtering out background noise. What distracts me are sounds that require me to think about them - music is one thing, my husband talking is the other. Everything else I just ignore.

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Jul. 21st, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
God, such a PERFECT episode ♥♥♥

I'm the same as you as far as music is concerned, except that I'm not a musical person (I mean not an artist… not too sure about that phrasing…), so I'm distracted most of all by songs that have lyrics, and songs I love too much and whose rhythm are likely to whirl me away…
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
I can write to music when it isn't emotional writing - the technical writing I do at my job is always done to music. But I have to admit, when the Doctor Who theme comes up in the shuffle, I must stop and listen to it. It is one brilliant piece of music.

If I have a rock or video game music playlist on, I have a tendency to dance while typing. :)
Jul. 22nd, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
The soundtracks are all so wonderful…

Hahaha, I do that too! :D Makes everything considerably slower…
Jul. 21st, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Ohh, brilliant eppie!!

And I love your answer here. Whether I listen to music or not depends on my mood and how good my ability to filter is that day.

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