The Music of Writing

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within– Gustave Flaubert

Two years ago I did Camp NaNoWriMo.

I was having a difficult time with my novel. I was going slower than I would have liked.

And to make matters worse I wasn’t even sure where I wanted my novel to go. I was asking my family for plot twist ideas, but I was not telling them anything really about my story. I think I ended up telling the little, still they really had no idea of where I wanted this story to go.

Camp NaNoWriMo traditionally is where you try to write a fifty thousand word novel in a month, though you can write less during Camp. Traditionally you just start with nothing written on the actual novel, but you can have as many notes as you like. These rules are much more in forced during NaNoWriMo in November. I have competed in Camp NaNoWriMo five times now, and I have found it fun and probably one of the most stressful things that I have ever done; it is more stressful in November though. If you want to know more about Camp NaNoWriMo, here is a post I wrote on that.

Now that we know exactly what Camp NaNoWriMo is, I can go on with my story of having lots of trouble actually writing my story in Camp NaNoWriMo.

So, anyways, I was having a lot of trouble with my writing. I was having fun with the story, but I wasn’t sure where exactly I wanted the story to go. I had sort of planned it to be a murder mystery, but then the murder part started to go to the background…

I had no idea of how I wanted the story to end.

When I started it I had mainly figured out the characters. And I knew that I wanted the story to be a murder mystery. Though I had no idea of how to include the clues without it being way too obvious.

And that is why I should really plan my stories before I start writing. I do better when I plan ahead, and in this case I just did not do enough planning.

I ended up becoming extremely stressed and frustrated. I was bored with writing it. I wanted to give up.

I don’t like to give things up. So, you can see just how frustrated I was getting with this story.

During this Camp NaNoWriMo several of my friends were also doing it. They had ended up doing it with me before, and it is so nice to know people who are doing the same thing.

They all listened to music while writing, at least, most of them did. I had not tried listening to music while writing. I was worried that it would end up distracting me.

But I was desperate.

So, I put on the soundtrack from ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I was actually slightly amazed at how much it ended up helping me.

It helped me to focus better. It helped me to get into more of the mood that I was trying to create in my story.

I was amazed at how much having music playing in the background ended up helping me.

At first, I used this new tool sparingly, but now it is rare for me to write without having some sort of music playing in the background.

Right now I actually have the ‘Lord of the Rings’ soundtrack playing in the background. It reminds me of that first time I tried listening to music while I write.

Music can actually help me with writer’s block. Often I’ve found if I change the music or sometimes write in silence it can help me work through the writer’s block.

Changing the environment around you can really help with writer’s block especially when it is not full blown.

And music can be an easy way to change the environment. Often you do not even need to move from where you are sitting to turn it on thanks to all of the different electronics that we have now a days.

Music has helped me with my writing so much. If you do not listen to music while you write this is something that I would suggest you trying.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what music is your favorite to listen to? I’m always looking for new ideas of what to listen to while writing. If you don’t listen to music while you write, would you consider trying it?


2 thoughts on “The Music of Writing

    • Everyone’s writing experience is slightly different. Some people can listening music while writing, others find it too distracting. And even though I usually listen to music there are certain times, certain scenes, where music would make it too overwhelming for me. So I’m just sharing some of the things that help me to write, and maybe they’ll help someone else. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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