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Music to Write By: 10 Top Authors Share Their Secrets for Summoning the Muse


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"And for many writers, one way to evoke that elusive flow-state of inspiration is music.

Not, mind you, just any music. I love me some Elvis Costello, but trying to eke out an apt phrase while being throttled with the thesaurus of his post-coital tristesse would be impossible. A writer needs a soundtrack that arouses the desire for articulation while denying its consummation by anyone else’s genius.

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Like anxious stage magicians, writers are constantly peering into each others’ hats to try to learn each others’ tricks. Here, I make that process explicit by asking some of the best writers in the business — in genres ranging from non-fiction, to long-form journalism, to poetry, to science blogging — to tell my readers about the musical wiles they employ to seduce their Muse. By hearing great writers talk about what they listen to while they do their work, we learn a lot about how they feel about the craft of writing itself."
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Interesting -- both the playlists and the ones who choose silence.

Much as I love music, my iTunes lists and my Pandora stations -- in general music makes me feel too much in body, mind and soul to let me write. It will focus me as I cook a meal, or clean the house, but will take my mind away from writing. That said, there are times when I need that to happen, and an afternoon of anything from 70s Motown to Joni Mitchell's Blue album will spark something that, when next I'm at my computer, will emerge.

Then there's the musical soundrack so often playing in my head, regardless of how silent things may seem to the outside observer.

Gotta think on this more.
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