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Does Music Influence your Writing..?

May 10, 2013

Staccato – definition: having shortened and detached sounds when played or sung.

I have the great pleasure of having a sister in law who sings like an angel. She and a friend sung at my wedding and had the whole congregation spellbound. She and my brother now have three children who excel at music too.

Music was an important element in my childhood with my parents introducing my siblings and I to the classics but also tolerating our modern music. I was the heavy rock type into Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Status Quo and the like. The boy bands and baby faced singers did nothing for me although my school mates were obsessed with them. Each to their own I suppose.

With an eclectic taste in music now which ranges from rap to rock to contemporary, I prefer classical when writing. Do you have a favorite type of music when you write? Does it reflect your genre?


I found this article which links fantasy and music – very interesting. As well as the fact my fantasy centers around a travelling troubadour who spins his tales to the lords and ladies around the medieval English countryside. It must have been wonderful to hear the stories sung.


  1. Thanks for the pingback! I’m glad you enjoyed Will’s post. His books are fantastic, too.

    I used to be able to write with the music cranked up to eleven – music was my inspiration. But these days, I seem to be easily distracted and I find that I write – and edit – better with total silence. Like you, though, if the TV’s on, I have to plug in the headphones to drown it out and when I do that, I stick to classical or Gregorian chant because it’s the least likely to distract me. Anything else would have me humming along. 🙂


    • You’re welcome with the ping. You and I are very similar in our writing atmosphere preferences by the sound of it. One day I will have a room to myself for writing…


      • Me, too. Wouldn’t it be grand? Right now I share an office with my husband, which wouldn’t be so bad, except that it’s a walk-through room on the way to our living room, so someone’s always passing through. And since the kids are usually in the living room playing or watching TV or standing at the doorway demanding my attention, very little actual writing gets done at my desk. *sigh* How I long for the day when my library will become a reality! 😀


      • Dreams certainly keep us moving forward that’s for sure.


  2. I have to have silence when I write. I find anything else too distracting.


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