On Writing

On Writing: What I Listen to When Editing

Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 is not a song I listen to when writing. First–I would find myself singing along with it. Second–it is hard to get in the mood to write about murder mysteries, zombies, werewolves, and so forth while singing “Happy.” It is, however, a song I listen to when editing my work.

(This is also not a typical music genre for me. I tend to like alternative music and artists. However, my family and I are fans of the yellow minions in the movies and after watching the video, the song just grew on me!)

I have completed the first draft of a novel and I am in the process of editing it. I have a different MP3 list for this task than writing.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on music and writing. Do you have different songs you listen to during various stages of the writing process? Do you have MP3 lists (like I do) designed to help you concentrate on the task at hand?

As always–I hope the music inspires you to write (or edit!).



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