Friday 23 May 2014

Writing Book 2 - Part 5

Music To Write To

For me, writing and music go hand in hand. I always have to have some background noise otherwise it just feels too weird. I can't have the TV on, as this causes distraction and I end up watching the TV screen instead of my laptop's. But music is different. I can have that playing in the distance, even with lyrics, while I happily tap away at my keyboard.

The type of music is important too. If I'm writing something festive, it makes sense to have Christmassy music on (and also I'll use any excuse to listen to Crimbo music). And when writing A Beginner's Guide To Salad I listened to a lot of cheesy 90s pop to channel Ruth (who adores the cheese).

Book 2 (which now has a sparkling new title - Everything Changes But You) has a title that was inspired by the Take That song Everything Changes, so I've been listening to a LOT of Take That while writing the book. I also use Spotify to listen to music on my laptop, which allows you to listen to artists or songs that are similar to the ones you have chosen, which I find handy. I like Take That, but I think listening to the same songs for several months would have sent me ever so slightly barking!

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