What do you have going in the background when you’re writing? Do you prefer silence or do you have the TV or radio/other music source on?
I can write in silence, but more often than not, I prefer to have something on in the background. If it’s not something that annoys me, I actually find that it helps me to focus better.
When I was growing up and doing homework, my mom was a babysitter. There was always something going on. I got used to working with background noise. That has actually served me well in various jobs. With writing, I tend to have to create my own background noise.
Often, I’ll have the TV on in the background. Sometimes I’ll pay attention to it, but usually it’s just there as white noise.
When I’m writing fiction, though, I will usually turn some music on. My musical preferences are dictated by the current project. For example, with my NaNoWriMo story, I’m listening to a lot of modern rock (especially Shinedown) and some classic country.
I know. Odd combination, right?
But it works for my characters. The heroine listens to modern rock. The hero listens to classic country. (And a couple days ago, I actually found his theme song when it comes to her. “Shameless” by Garth Brooks.)
Feel free to leave a comment. How do you prefer to work? In silence or something in the background? Why or why not?
The story I’m currently working on for NaNoWriMo takes place in Eureka Springs. If I have to do a photo post, why not use a rather iconic location in Eureka Springs? So here is a view of the Crescent Hotel from the East Mountain Lookout.
Today is more than just the beginning of a new month. It’s also National Author’s Day.
And it’s the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.
In case you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo (as it’s more commonly called), the idea is to write a rough draft of a novel totaling 50,000 words in 30 days. It started as motivation for those people who say they will write a book “someday.”
“Someday” is here.
It’s also encouragement for those of us who do write and who do have novels written to dust off the idea for the next book and get going on that.
That’s where it’s relevant to me.
A couple years ago, I wrote Navajo Rose (under the pen name of Kat O’Reilly). My sister-in-law asked where the next book was. I said there wasn’t a next book because it’s a stand-alone. She insisted that another character needed her own book.
I thought about it and decided she was right. A couple days ago, I finally found the inspiration for the hero. So I started it last night/this morning at midnight.
I’ll update about my NaNoWriMo progress every Saturday through the month. In the meantime, are you participating in NaNo? What are you working on?
A few years ago, I did a presentation on creativity tips to the Torchlighters Toastmasters group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I had the entire presentation written out. It lasted less than 10 minutes, so the accompanying notes/article isn’t very long.
But here it is. One of the promised treats for your Trick-Or-Treating Halloween pleasure.