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    Ashe Elton Parker
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    1) Do you listen to music for inspiration in your writing?

    2) If so, when do you listen?

    3) Do you listen to the radio, canned music on your computer, or some other way, like Youtube playlists or Spotify or Pandora?

    4) Do you build playlists for your writing, and if so, how do you go about doing so? What are you looking for when you create your playlists?

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    Ashe Elton Parker
    "There's someone in my head, but it's not me." ~ from the song Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
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    Member since 1998.
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    Look me up on Wattpad for some of my books!
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    Ashe Elton Parker
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    I’ll start this off.

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    1) Do you listen to music for inspiration in your writing?

    I do. Music has always inspired my writing. Sometimes, so much so that I strongly associate a particular song with a particular story or character.

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    2) If so, when do you listen?

    I listen to music pretty much all the time, whether or not I’m actively writing. I listen when I’m out and about on an mp3 player and when I’m reading.

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    3) Do you listen to the radio, canned music on your computer, or some other way, like Youtube playlists or Spotify or Pandora?

    I listen to the radio in the shower and in vehicles if the driver wants to. At home, I have Microsoft Groove, where I’ve got a few thousand songs saved to listen, and I pay a about $10.00 or so to have the privilege; as I listen to music nearly all the time, I find this a small price to pay, when I’d probably spend just as much or more every month buying music from Amazon. I used to listen to Pandora on occasion, but they ticked me off recently, so I moved to Spotify, and I’m happy with the move (I’m alshelton13 with the same profile pic as here on there if you listen there and want to find me).

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    4) Do you build playlists for your writing, and if so, how do you go about doing so? What are you looking for when you create your playlists?

    I do create playlists for my writing. I really do best if I let songs randomly play on a general playlist of some sort, either on my Daily list on Groove or on one of the stations I listen to on Spotify; the one time I purposely looked for songs to put on a playlist (I had a number in mind for a standalone novel), I couldn’t stand to listen to the playlist for a good quarter to a third of the novel anyway (had no problem with the songs in random play, just with the particular combination of them on the story’s playlist).

    When I build a playlist, I look for songs that evoke thoughts on particular characters, their emotions or thoughts or actions, or other events in the book. Often, a particular song will call to mind a brand new scene. These songs need not have lyrics; all they must do is cause me to think about the story in question in some way. With songs that do have lyrics, I don’t require the entire song to fit any particular characteristic of the story it applies to, and often it’ll inspire me based primarily on a single lyric or two, or maybe just the chorus.

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    Ashe Elton Parker
    "There's someone in my head, but it's not me." ~ from the song Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
    ~*~
    Member since 1998.
    ~*~
    Look me up on Wattpad for some of my books!
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    jameskearl
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    1) Do you listen to music for inspiration in your writing?

    I listen to music, but not specifically for inspiration.

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    2) If so, when do you listen?

    I almost always listen to music when I’m writing at home, and often when I’m in a coffee shop or a write-in with other writers.

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    3) Do you listen to the radio, canned music on your computer, or some other way, like Youtube playlists or Spotify or Pandora?

    All the music I own (more than 30,000 songs) is loaded in iTunes at home. I keep the most recent albums on an iPod for listening when I’m away from home.

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    4) Do you build playlists for your writing, and if so, how do you go about doing so? What are you looking for when you create your playlists?

    During Nanowrimo I make a playlist of all the current year’s music and listen to these in random order.

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    crimson_angel
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    1) Do you listen to music for inspiration in your writing?

    I listen to music when I’m writing to either set the mood or for inspiration. However, I can’t listen to music while editing b/c it distracts me too much.

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    2) If so, when do you listen?

    All. The. Time.

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    3) Do you listen to the radio, canned music on your computer, or some other way, like Youtube playlists or Spotify or Pandora?

    Mostly stuff on iTunes, but I will veer off into Spotify to research new bands/singers before buying anything.

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    4) Do you build playlists for your writing, and if so, how do you go about doing so? What are you looking for when you create your playlists?

    I used to. Nowadays I really don’t, but I usually have the theme song for the book, the world (if it’s not ours), and the MCs.

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