What music do you listen to when writing? Can you listen to music at all? It’s one of the most powerful tools writers can have at their disposal – especially for unsticking the muse.
Put another way, you’re pretty much guaranteed to write something different while jouncing along to Katy Perry than if you hurled Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries through your sound system.
It’s a powerful technique. Personally I find lyrics no good to write to, because words interfere with the ones I’m trying to think of. But the mood of the music definitely sets a writing mood. So if you’re stuck, try changing your soundtrack. Force a sudden shift of ambience – and a sudden shift of thought.
Possibly also a sudden shift of neighbours, if you happen to switch to something like Epica. I’d recommend it to any writer who’s stuck. Or has annoying neighbours.
For more details on these and other writing techniques, don’t forget to check out How to Get Writing Fast – my short guide to some top tips and methods for picking up writing…fast.
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