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Writing Mindset

c3f26bc113fe997c78cb2264f9cd42751My post yesterday was generally about how inspiration and hard work go strolling down the road hand-in-hand. However, I’m the type of person who enjoys having a bit of background noise to keep my mind focused on my work.
(Perhaps inspiration should become synonymous with keeping your concentration when it comes to creative projects? It’s a thought.)
My Spotify is usually playing, either blasting through my laptop’s speakers or my Amazon Echo and making the windows shake. Generally my music is instrumental, violinists or movie and video game soundtracks. If I’m in the den, I don’t mind sticking on an old movie, something that I don’t have to pay much attention to. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is also a favorite, considering the amazing soundtrack is a bonus! Of course, Rachel and I are also YouTube geeks, and I have no problem having a few favorite playlists going all day while I write.
Rachel and I tend to spend Saturday mornings writing at our local Barnes and Noble and, considering we know most of the workers, we have no problem inquiring about the music that they play. Usually we approve of the store’s music taste, but there have definitely been times when the music was strange enough to throw me out of the writing mindset.
Isn’t it funny how something as mundane as background music can throw off your work groove? On the flip side, there was a particular Saturday where every song evoked the perfect emotions for Rachel as she was typing away scene after scene — and Rachel is the type to work just fine in silence.
How does everyone else keep their inspiration flowing and their concentration solid?
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Home

 

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Going After Inspiration

How does inspiration tend to hit you?
Do you have a certain playlist of music that you put on to get into the writing mindset? Perhaps you have several playlists saved for different scenes of your stories, to set certain types of mood. Maybe you’re the type who is able to stick on a favorite movie, letting the familiar lines serve as comfortable background noise as you type away. Or are you the type of writer who needs noise-cancelling headphones to work in complete silence?
Perhaps your inspiration is trained to turn on at a certain time or place. Six o’clock in the morning at the desk in the den. Ten PM on the sofa in the living room. Two thirty-six in the afternoon on your bed with your favorite pillow behind you and your laptop resting on your legs.
Or maybe it’s not the inspiration that allows you to write a blessedly easy two thousand words in a sitting… Perhaps it’s just you pushing through the imaginary writer’s block, saying to hell with waiting for so-called inspiration.
Does your hard work come from inspiration or does your inspiration come from hard work?

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Home

 

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Current Playlist

Presuming you listen to music or background noise while writing, what’s on your current writing playlist?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with a mashup called “Pop Culture” by Madeon. I first heard it when a YouTube video called Fan.tasia was going around on Tumblr showcasing the song with Disney movie clips. It’s pretty mesmerizing to watch if you haven’t already!

Also at the top of my writing playlist is Lindsey Stirling’s new album Brave Enough. Some of my favorite songs are “The Arena,” “Mirage,” “Something Wild,” and “Those Days.” Music videos for “The Arena” and “Something Wild” are up on her YouTube channel, and are absolutely brilliant!

So, what are you listening to? Or are you the type to have certain playlists to fit certain moods or genres that you’re writing? Perhaps you’re the kind of writer that has big-ass noise-cancelling headphones?

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Home

 

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Break Writer’s Block

Having trouble reaching your word count for the day? Here are some ways to beat that pesky writer’s block:

  • Go for a walk — a change of scenery can get those plot points moving
  • Turn up the music — the music can stir up ideas for new scenes
  • Turn off the music — take a deep breath, relax, and empty your mind in the quiet
  • Read a good book — great writing can spark your own writing
  • Read a bad book — then go and rewrite it into something better
  • Switch writing styles — try longhand if you’re used to typing, or vice versa
  • Coffee — stay awake and write with new-found energy
  • Doodle — sometimes we just need a different outlet for our creativity, whether it’s drawing, dancing, or singing
  • Switch P.O.Vs — try writing in the point of view of another character
  • In the Middle — start writing in the middle of a scene rather than writing in a linear style
  • Write anything — even if it’s, “I don’t know what to write.”

How do you get rid of writer’s block?

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in Home

 

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Turn Up the Music

How many of you write with background noise? How many of you create soundtracks for your novels?

I’m one of those types of writers who does her best work while listening to music. Usually it’s instrumental, maybe film or video game soundtracks, but I do okay while listening to music with lyrics too. Whenever Rachel and I write, one of our favorite musical YouTubers are usually on in the background. Some of our favorites are:

There are also plenty of sites that promote white noise or showcase user-made playlists of all kinds. Coffitivity and 8tracks are where I generally go to click play. There is also the brilliant ambient-mixer that showcases audio atmospheres, such as scenes from nature or even movies and games.

What about you? What kind of music do you like to listen to? Or do you need silence to work?

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Home

 

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Background Music

I don’t know about you all, but my mind wanders. Like, a lot. I wouldn’t say I have ADD, but my sister has said that more than once. It’s pretty simple for my thoughts to go on long-winded detours before finding their way back to the main path with twigs and leaves in their hair and clothes.

It is no less true when I’m writing. In an attempt to keep my thoughts on my writing, I enjoy listening to music. Generally, instrumental music is best for me, especially soundtracks from movies or video games, or originals from talented groups such as The Piano Guys or Two Steps from Hell. However, I have stalled taken the time to create “soundtracks” to my novels with lyrical songs if I need a break from writing. It’s pretty fun and the music definitely gets me pumped to keep going with the book or with writing certain scenes.

Think of how music and sound set the tone to movies and television shows. Action scenes wouldn’t be as exciting without the quick tempo of drums or guitars, nor would romance scenes have such impact without the gentle timbre of violins or pianos. Think of the “Paranormal Activity” movie and how the absence of background tracks heighten the fear of the horror movie (all the better to hear your rapidly pounding heart).

What about video games? Remember when the music would just go all quiet and you’d realize that, “Gee, there are a lot of healing items and extra weapons in this room,” that signaled the dungeon boss right around the corner? Or the cheery, “You can do it!” medley of bells and trumpets of mini-games?

To me, writing isn’t very different. I enjoy having the background music to help get my mind on track with the scenes in my story. Generally I have various playlists or soundtracks playing in the background that let my mind churn out different ideas and directions for the story to go, and I always get anxious and excited to write out those scenes.

What about the lot of you? What kind of music do you prefer to listen to? Or does music hinder your writing process?

On that note (pun most certainly intended), I’ll leave you with one of my favorite instrumental tracks. Here is a beautiful cover of the Song of Time and the Song of Storms from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series, performed by the violinist Taylor Davis:

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Home

 

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Changes

Hey, look, a new site address!

Yeah, I finally took a page from my sister’s book and decided to update the title of my blog. I’ve also been updating and modifying my other blog, which I hadn’t been active on in over half a year, Mini Pawprints. Long ago, when I had delusions of grandeur for this blog, I was going to try to cram all sorts of different passions into this one blog, including (but not limited to) writing, animals, food, video games, and music. Although I’m still passionate about all of those interests, writing and animals are at the very top and I’ve dedicated my two blogs to them.

Lately I’ve been perusing websites and magazines that could be potential clients of mine, places where I can send off polished short stories and articles, in between typing up and editing drafts of my novels. Rachel is brilliant and has the lovely 2015 Writer’s Market book, so I’ve been stealing that periodically to browse through.

It’s daunting. Exciting, but daunting. I’m expecting to get rejected many a-times before being accepted anywhere, but at least I’m heading in the right direction and narrowing down what I would love to write about for the masses.

I hope everyone’s doing well, and happy writing! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Home

 

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