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Music can relax or invigorate you. The lyrics often refer to timeless themes, much the way writing does. Instruments can also express a wide variety of emotional nuance. Anger, sorrow, joy and despair are all common emotions music seeks to express.
You can use music to bring you into these states of feeling and infuse your writing with rich emotion. I like to listen to music the entire time I'm writing.
However, even if you prefer to write in silence, music can give you the jump-start you need to begin moving your pen. Here are some ways to use music as part of your writing practice: Anchor Yourself to a Starting Song Anchoring is reminiscent of Pavlov's famous experiments with dogs.
Pavlov sounded a bell as he fed the dogs. The animals salivated when they saw the food. After some pairings of the bell and the food, the bell alone elicited salivation. Also known as Classical Conditioning, it is a form of associative learning, which is based on the belief that experiences reinforce one another and can be linked to enhance an activity or process.
As soon as it starts to play I feel compelled to write, a response I created by playing the duet every single time I sat down to write.
You can choose any song that makes you feel energized, inspired or excited. If you prefer not to hear lyrics, try Claude Debussy's haunting 'Pour l'egyptienne' or Chopin's exquisite 'Nocturne No. Every time you sit down to write, play the Starting Song with the plan that you will write for the duration of the entire song.
Even if you decide you will only write for those few minutes, the old science law holds true: A body in motion tends to remain in motion.
Trick yourself into writing past your blocks with the thought that you're only going to write while your Starting Song is playing. You will often find that once you begin writing, your hand will continue almost on its own.
If you play your Starting Song every time you sit down to write, your writing practice will become anchored to the song. Just hearing the song will make you feel the urge to grab your keyboard and start typing.
With sites like Wikipedia, it is a cinch to learn which songs were played in a given year. Chronicling the s disco scene should fill your writing studio with Madonna. Playing these songs will connect you directly to your characters--this is what they would have been listening to.
It will also let you feel the ambiance of that period in history. While writing tragic or heart-wrenching scenes, have music like Schubert's 'Litany', Janice Ian's 'Seventeen', or Joni Mitchell's album 'Blue' playing on repeat.
Compile your favorite love songs to play when writing passionate scenes. A spiritual theme might call for Gregorian Chants or southern gospel songs. Whether your characters are fighting, falling in love, going to a funeral, or on a crime spree you can easily find songs that croon about those life experiences.
I often listen to Mozart or Vivaldi for background music.
Played on a low volume and lacking lyrics, you might hardly notice it is on. However, studies have shown that both Baroque music and music by Mozart increase the functioning of our brains.
The term baroque applies to music composed during the 17th and 18th centuries by composers such as Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and Handel.
Baroque music is believed to optimize brain function by producing a state of calm, relaxed alertness. Lab studies have shown that it increases alpha and theta waves in the brain.
Alpha waves indicate a slower, more relaxed mind. Theta waves represent both creative and meditative states in the brain. Keeping Mozart in Mind, a book by Dr. Gordon Shaw, discusses music as a window into higher brain function. World-renowned for his "music and the brain studies," he demonstrates how music changes the way we think, reason, and create.
Listening to music creates new neural pathways in your brain that stimulate creativity. Research from the University of California showed that music actually trains the brain for higher forms of thinking.Do You Listen to Music While Writing? Photo credit: tarop on Flickr So, even though I have over songs in my iTunes library (an amateur collection compared to some, I know), when writing.
The study – conducted by researchers at Durham University in the UK and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland – analysed three large-scale surveys, covering 2, people in total, and found that there was a wide spectrum of responses to wistful songs.
While the nature and style of the music can cause specific responses in the brain (funky music compels you to dance, sad music makes you melancholy, motivational music makes you want to keep fit. Apr 07, · Listen to music while drawing, listen to podcasts while drawing, watch Netflix from time to time while drawing.
It's all in the mind.I dont however, turn on a show or movie that I'm heavily interested in, because I'll be distracted trying to watch it. 2. At the end of the song you produce one of the sound pots and offer it to the child to shake and listen to. Even really young toddlers love playing this listening game, and if they need a little help you can prompt them with easy clues like ‘something you find on the beach’ for shells or something that begins with a “sh” sound.
A study in the Netherlands found that listening to music can positively impact your mood while driving, which can lead to safer behavior than not listening to music.
The next time you feel frustrated in traffic, turn up the tunes to improve your state of mind.