Writing soundtrack

I’ve been playing Big Boi’s latest a lot lately, and on that note, I’ve found that listening to hip hop adds, for lack of a better word (I’m listening to Broken Social Scene right now), some welcome flow to my writing. I know there are arguments for not being distracted, or, at most, only playing ambient music. Hip hop certainly isn’t that, but it’s also a genre where wordplay and word placement and mixing up rhymes and alliteration and pacing matter most. Perhaps osmosis kicks in.

So, what do you listen to while you write?

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One response to “Writing soundtrack

  1. I never bought this “Listening to X helps me write” stuff. I mean, if it works for you, great. But I have a bit of a mental block where it just seems hocus–pocus-y to think that a certain type of music has an observably effect on the way I write or the quality of what I write. If I have a great idea, it’s going to go as far as my faculties as a writer will take it, irregardless of what’s on in the background. And if I have a crummy idea, Jon Bon Jovi himself doesn’t have enough muse-like powers to make it good.

    All this being said, if the rest of the cultural world embraced puns as lovingly as hip-hop does, we’d all be better off.

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