Can you concentrate writing while listening to music?

@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
December 19, 2008 2:39am CST
I think many people get distracted in their writings while listening to music. I can't blame you, it is sometimes difficult to come up with ideas when we have our headphones stuck to our ears. Ideas just doesn't flow smoothly but I am just the opposite. Music inspires me and the more aggressive the music the more good ideas keep pouring in to my head. I am doing just that right now multi tasking, reviewing in slicethepie while posting and responding here. But it doesn't do justice to any one site as my attention is then divided between writing and listening and at the end of the day nothing seems to excel. But I guess this is how I motivate myself to find peace in music rather then the cold silent night. How about you? Does that makes your mind work?
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@shibham (17025)
• India
2 Jul 09
hi zandi, how are u? yah if i am coping something from a book then i can concentrate in writing while listening to music. if i write something to creat(article, novel, poem, shortstory)then i can't listen music. hehehe....
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Jul 09
Very well. Have some music, it will refresh your thinking and that makes the pen flow smoothly.
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@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
2 Jul 09
I never use earphone. Light music as background, esp alone in the room, helps to get me carm down so that wording flow endlessly to enrich the outlines I put down at ramdom when ideas come up in my mind. I do not like silence. I need company of someone, or at least some sound, either from radio or from TV.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Jul 09
Music fills up the air when we are alone and it is quite soothing to have soft and nice music while we do some writing or thinking.
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@Dday50627 (359)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I find that what I am writing about or where i am writing makes a difference in if I listen to music or not. If i am writing in my daily blog, I always have music going in the background. Depending on where i am in a novel determines if I listen and what I listen too. I think the fact that I raised two daughters while writing my first two novels made a diffeence too. Sheila being ill, sometimes she could not keep the girls occupied while I wrote. Amazing how one can write a half of a chapter in a thriller, wipe a butt and give a little girl a glass of juice and sit back down to finish the chapter, all in one swoop. lol I learned to tune in to the screams that might be important and the ones that simply went with two little girls playing ponies. What i am writing also determines what I listen too. If I have a romantic chapter happening, I will often put in music to make that mood more real as I write. Sometimes, I need a little Alanis M to take me through a section and sometimes LeeAnne singing "probably wouldn't hurt so bad" brings to me the sadness of emotions needed to make the reader feel my tears. Music is to me the unwritten novel inside of ones heart. I think it is very much an added plus to writing. And I am reminded of my daughter, away at Culinary College at the time, calling me and asking if I could send5 of the C.D. that I had written and produced all the songs for. She said the one she took with her to college was being "Borrowed" every night by her 4 roomies. It seems they found the music perfect to do their studies by. I of course sent 10 just to be sure my daughter always had one. SMILESSSSSS... I do think that music enhances ones writing and i have it playing most times when i am writing in a novel or blogging.It is also the reason that when someone orders one of my novels, I always send one of my C.D.'s along with the novel for free. Listen to the music and enjoy the novel at the same time. It doesn't get better than that. yessss, I know, as always i was long winded here. Sorry... Always, Darrel
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
Normally a person of your calibre has an artistic mind and maybe music plays an influential role in what you write and think. It is nice to know that music does not interfere in your concentration while writing. But didn't know that you are also a song composer. That is great of you. You are indeed a talented guy. Your daughters must be proud of you Darrel. It is okay for you to write as you please, I know writing is your passion an as a writer I expect some lengthy write up like this. I truly enjoy reading it as though I am reading a chapter of your novel. Great work.
• United States
22 Dec 08
You are here, as you always are so very kind with your words for me. I wonder if you know what your written words do to give me encouragement and the desire to continue my writings. I take them to my heart and hold them as strength for writing. This is, as you say, My Passion and I thank you fom my heart for allowing me to share it with you. I do a short story in my website that I have come to enjoy so much. Once a month i do a 6 or 7 part story, adding a chapter a day until it is complete. I believe that my readers enjoy it very much and I will continue to do this until i feel they are no longer enjoying.It would thrill my heart deeply to find that you have been to my website and i hope that you find your way there one day. Thank you for this so much. A warm Hug and I am wishing Only the very best for you during this beautiful season. Always I am, Simply Me...
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
22 Dec 08
I am delighted to know that my words have an impact in you and as a 'senior' person my words come with weight and I just don't blurt out without hitting the target. Since I am well informed of your situation and can feel the pain and burden you are in I can't do anything to make your life comfortable but only words of comfort find my way to you, it might not be much of a help but surely your gray days on earth will pass. Holding on to past memories not only burden your mind but joy and happiness are reluctant to come knocking on the door of your heart. It is often said that your own burdens grow lighter as you share those of others. They grow lighter even if you realize those of others!
@Rexdoron (345)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Hello zandi. For me, it depends on the music and the lyric itself. If I was listenig to song that I like, my attention will steer out to the song. Making me write very slow, or worse, stop writing. On the other hand, musics that are soft, makes my mind in peace. It also boost out ideas inside my brain. Plus, it makes me concentrate more. Happy day! :)
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Hi Roxdoron, music with good lyrics never bore me, I will play the song over and over and it gives me more ideas when creating a discussion. I guess good music stimulates the brain cell that releases better ideas.
@Rexdoron (345)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Good for you zandi! Well, we are different and the the difference that makes us have a discussion like this! Happy daY! :)
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
22 Dec 08
I agree.
@kiran8 (15354)
• Mangalore, India
19 Dec 08
I like to listen to music when i am using the comp or doing any other job.I feel it is quite relaxing to have music in the background..But i hate to use headphones.I am able to concentrate and go on writing and do my job even as my favorite music is playing in the background.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Great, you listen to music too minus the headphones. For me the moment I sit in front of the computer the headphones will also be over my head, I find something is missing if I don't have the headphones.
@kiran8 (15354)
• Mangalore, India
20 Dec 08
LOL Its the same with my daughter, she is perpetually with her headphones , sometimes she goes to sleep with them on and i go and take it off .It is a phase i guess and one gets over it and then take after something else, but one's love for music will remain forever
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
I hope so kiran, music remain forever and does not become 'the thing of the past' when I am old and wrinkled. I think music retard aging to a certain degree. It re-vitalize the aging cells in us.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
1 Jul 09
Hi zandi, Yes I can concentrate on anything while listening to music but the difference is that I can not let my ear go fully to the music or else my attention from the actual work would ramble. Here music would play the role of a refresher only.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
1 Jul 09
I think soft instrumental music can be a great refresher, not those highly charged music which can be hard to the ears and interrupt our concentration while we are at work.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
1 Jul 09
Yes, that is right.
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• India
31 Dec 08
Hello my friend zandi458 Ji, I too love soft music while doingany work including writng, to be true,now it is 0544 hrs . I am in coplete tranquility atmosphere, everyone is at fast sleep,still, I am moniteing humming sound from my UPS/mosqutoes and at times moring birds. But I do not have any additional head phones, which I do not like. Even if some one plays music, no harm. By 0600 hrs, my Muslim friend nearby Mosque would all their 'Allah', on loud-speaker and would wake whole of the locality, will never disturb me, I would carry on writing. I like an dlove music, but should be soft and slow. Happy new year and may God bless you and have a great time.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 09
It seems we share the same love for music. In my place we will also be waken up by the muslim morning prayers and it also reminds me to pray in my own religion. Happy new year to you too.
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• India
10 Jan 09
Hello my friend zandi458 Ji, So nice to know taht we fall under same steps. When, we remember our Almighty, is it that we have to sound at such a loud voice to tell others that i am now calling Almighty. Is that worth, or is it calm and quietly. I think, what we do, first we do for ourselves and then for others, I aklso understand, while bells ring either in Churches or in Temples, it may be disturbance to others, and for taht matter any un-usual noise may do so, everytime, we come across planes hovering, trains running, cars/trucks and children fighting. Even Dogs and cat may disturb, but my dear this is a part of life. So let's take it easy. may God bless you and have a great time.
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
hi there...well,most of the time... like 75% unless of couse, i am not feeling tired or i am tired. but of course not rock music sort of stuff... Josh Groban songs help me think.. hahahhaa.... something about his voice... sigh...
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
The vocals are the main thing that makes good songs.
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• Philippines
25 Dec 08
yeah.. how true.. how true!!!!
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@algalih (79)
• Indonesia
21 Dec 08
Music only as the friend during I writing. Most of my concentration is to my article. During my favourite song, my mouth automatic sing the song, so as make my write concentration descended. But that was not too annoying me. I feel more relax
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
I think listening and not singing along with the lyrics will be fine for you.
• Indonesia
21 Dec 08
Yup,but i still singing. Because it 's my favourite song. It's doesn't matter. Ha..ha..ha..
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@shehzu (43)
• Mauritius
20 Dec 08
Hi, well, we have the same taste... i 2 do the same thing, it really helps 2 refresh z mind... kip it up!! bye...
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
right it is something not everyone enjoy doing.
@shehzu (43)
• Mauritius
21 Dec 08
well, ya, nt everyone, only lucky one.. lol
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• India
20 Dec 08
hmmm , i love to do work with music! i do a lots of work with music! except for writing and reading, it reallly mess up my mind, and no need to ask if its a medical subject!! :D!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
You must be a medical student? maybe music is not for you when you are writing or reading. I believe for you it takes away your concentration.
• India
21 Dec 08
yh ur rite! but, der is one friend of mine, who does both simaltaneously and at the end tops the class!! Surprising!
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@balasri (26553)
• India
20 Dec 08
No Not at all.I have to pay attention and concentrate with my heart into whatever I do.It is always one thing at a time for me.Especially the things I like.If I start to listen to music as I write I will forget what I am writing and get involved and go into the music and drop my pen.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 08
serious...can't concentrate what you're doing when music is drumming in the ears? I think you need to get used to the whole concept of musical sound to be able to write. It is a weird action though but does fine to certain people. They find music a mechanism to draw out the mental juices to get them inspired for ideas when they write.
@balasri (26553)
• India
21 Dec 08
May be I have to learn a lot of things.I will try dear.
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• India
20 Dec 08
yes ,i agree with you becoz i too do the same .iam a student i listen to music and read during my exams time becoz it frees me from my tensions.i am not distracted by music
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
you are a music lover too.
• India
21 Dec 08
iam a mad music lover
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@derek_a (10902)
20 Dec 08
I nearly always have music playing in the background when I am writing. I don't exactly listen to it, it is just there. I am a therapist and musician and have realized the value of music when studying/concentrating. Experiments have been carried out with students who gained a much better understanding of their studies when studying using music. Motzart compositions of 60bpm (beats per minute) were found to be the best study aids. 60bpm was thought to help because it is the rate of a healthy heart at rest.. :-) Derek
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
I think you know better the benefits of music in life be it adult or students. Interesting to note that you are a therapist and musician. Music is really in you and you are knowledgeable in this field.
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@derek_a (10902)
21 Dec 08
Thank you for your comments and this discussion. I think we all get to learn something that is of value. :-) Derek
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• India
20 Dec 08
Hello my friend zandi458 Ji,Well, I can concerntrate if music is soft and appeals to my nature, There are people like Nepolean, who could concentrate on multi-fronts and complete their task successfully. I think, if there is a will, there is a way. Music always sootehn one's ideas and helps to generate cordil atmosphere. So i think, music is very importamnt in one's life. Without music there is no life. But, at the same time, I am not acustomed to harsh music please. may God bless you and have a great time.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Hallo maygodblessu, yes, I am also more to soft and soothing music but since I have to review songs I have to listen to loud and newage music. I can go along with any kind of music as it part of my business. I understand as we age harsh and loud music is not for us.
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• India
10 Jan 09
Hello my friend zandi458 ji, very nice of you for sharing your similar platform with me. It is aging factor with me and when i was also young, i used to shout and howl. may god bless You and have a great time.
@Llonorra22 (1150)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
I remember when I was younger, I can do my home work while listening to music. But I don't know what happened, I can't do it now. I prepare doing mylot all alone. Just like today, I can't really concentrate that much because my mom and sister are here and they are doing a little chit-chat here and there. And our house is a bit noisy now... Happy posting!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
I think you prefer peace when you're trying to create an idea but for me I get distracted easily when it is too quiet and I tend to divert my attention on something else instead of completing a piece of discussion. I will never complete it in speed without good music.
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
maybe.. happy posting!
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
19 Dec 08
i can´t concectrate zandi.even tv on i can´t! because the computer is beside the tv and very close to me so i need to ignore the other side of ears.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
Hi bomb, try that out music is different from tv programmes. You'll be more inspired by the musical beat.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
20 Dec 08
i did zandi when i was alone here.radio on while i am in myloting but i can´t concentrate at all.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Dec 08
I always have the tv on in here in the puter room and I miss half of the movie while responding lol I just seem to shut it out. Also have monitor on so I can heard what grand daughter is doing in the front room when she is up.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
So you're two timing yourself by watching a movie while surfing. That is great you're not distracted by the story in the movie.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
20 Dec 08
nope I am not even if I happen to put on the music channels it fades in the back ground while I respond to posts lol
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
19 Dec 08
Music dosen't bother me as long as it's what I like to listen to. I can't stand anything in my ears so I listen to the radio.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
lol...I guess I am the odd one out here. Headphones is a necessity while surfing.
22 Dec 08
lol i guess i can write while im listening to music, but sometimes i struggle to read something while music is playing.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
19 Dec 08
I cannot concentrate working or writing when there is noise. I cannot listen to music while I am writing. It is very distracting.
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• Tunisia
19 Dec 08
well im use to it..i can write and sometimes read something while listening to music
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 08
You really don't need the soothing music while in your deep thought stephcjh? I guess I can understand your style.