Lauren Leto

Music and the Written Word

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on December 15, 2009

What music helps you write?

– New favorite:

– The Shins Pandora station (I promise I’ve never seen Garden State).

(I can’t listen to intense music while writing [talking about dance music]. I don’t want to hype myself up, I want to bring myself into a trance).

Does anyone listen to music while READING?! Personally, I don’t think that it is possible.

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  1. brandonbayer said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I can listen to jams while reading, although my attention waxes and wanes between the two. Listening to Brian Eno, Stars of The Lid, or anything ambient during reading can help you focus.

  2. Eric said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    A playlist is essential for virtually everything I write, from novels to short stories. I’m about to assemble a new one, actually. I’ll post the highlights.

    I probably have music going about half the time that I read. It doesn’t bother me.

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      Eric, I’m surprised by you! I cannot read and listen.

      • Eric said, on December 16, 2009 at 1:39 am

        It’s not a very active listening, I don’t think. If you can listen to music, though–even music that’s not intense– I’d think you can listen and read. Writing is more active than reading, yeah?

        What are you writing? I think I’ve seen you mention a novel here and there.

  3. tristanadrian said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I listen to music that puts me in a trance as well. Whether its from blogging or working on any kind of term paper or even working on my novel. However, I cannot listen to music while reading or anything. I can’t really have any noise whatsoever when trying to read!

  4. L.L. said, on December 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I can’t listen to music and read – but I can do it while working, walking, bathing, pretty much anything. The BF likes to fall asleep to music – which is what I find most impossible.

  5. Krysten said, on December 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t listen to music and read – but, oddly, enough, I can watch TV and read. Which is odd.

  6. jbtiv said, on December 16, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Yes, instrumental though.

  7. Julie R. Andersen said, on December 17, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I can definitely listen to music and read. I write and listen too. When I read what I’ve just written, either for spell-checking or just to “hear” how the words flow, I need to turn the music off. I mean, not for e-mails or comments like this, but for blog posts and articles.

  8. debkatz said, on December 17, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I just did some research on this for my professor regarding the much touted “Mozart effect”, which claimed to increase IQ points and spatial-temporal intelligence. Good, hard research is still a little sketchy, but there is some merit to complex music enhancing our ability to concentrate. That said (are you still with me?), I enjoy classical music while writing, but there must be silence while reading, as I’m putting together graphic imagery in my head and I don’t do the soundtrack, only the video.

    I just discovered you, by the way…I saw your list of judging people by their favorite authors. I read Phillipa Gregory….BINGO!!!

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