I suppose that this may be a bit more unique as not many people listen to music whilst they write (as far as I am aware) but I was thinking at the performance I showcase as I find myself most of the times listening to music whilst writing or revising. The reason as to why this factor can influence our writing is because music can affect present emotions or awaken past emotions that can affect the style of writing as well as the outcome of the content. It is also worth mentioning that for some people it can be a good tool to concentrate whilst writing.
How this affects me
For me music is a big part of my life as well as my everyday life, I cannot remember the last time I have gone through a day without listening to at least one song or even a jingle. I listen to many different types of music from heavy metal to classical music and every genre can evoke different emotions that can have a major impact if you are doing a piece that requires creative writing. For most people, it may be a distraction but for me, in some way, the high volume of different sounds helps me concentrate even more, no matter what genre of music I am listening too. If let’s say I am going through a more of a rough day and I find it difficult to concentrate or to find my desired words to “put on paper” I always count on classical music especially Chopin and Beethoven.
With such sound, my mind gets in a state of high-performance where all the taught are aligned and I do not manage to stop writing. Sometimes I do not even realize how long my paragraphs have become until I go back to read what I have written.
As most writers, we all have our unique style of writing based on the vocabulary that we use as well as emotions we portrait through the narrow rows of our words. Emotions can have a high impact on our work and it is true that many things throughout the day can influence your emotions from positive to negative or vice versa. But, as many of us come back to the keyboard to write with passion in order to relax after a long day, so as many come back to music and some just as me, may combine them both to create something in which they find brilliance.
A good example of the highly influential type of music would be inspirational music as in most cases it makes us strive for the goals that we have set or even to put things into perspective the number of words we have set out to write in a day. If we take a look at the bigger picture we can see that music can help us not only in our writing but also in our desire to want to write. We use our cognitive memory to embed different songs with past emotional experiences, therefore certain sounds are able to awaken different emotions. What we want is to awaken positive emotions that will push you towards the end of writing a good story.
Influencing performance in writing
We all as writers have our good and bad days and by bad I refer to the days where you are too tired or just not in the mood to write. It happens to me and there are different ways that I get through that. However, the best way for me is to put my headphones on and start cracking and little would you know that you would not even realize how quick a song finishes and after that, you would not realize when having written 1000 words or where have 2 hours gone. It is true that this would be much more effective for creative writing.
Now I know that this will not apply to all or even most writers as they would see music as more of a disturbance to their taught rather than a focusing factor however, I would be curious to see how many people do listen to music or interact with some sort of sound whilst writing. I have done some research but, I was not able to find many people that have such a vice to writing. This is another reason as to why I am portraying this sort of vice as it may help other writers.
On the other hand or better yet from a psychological perspective we can see that Listening to music whilst doing a different action can influence the brain towards better concentration which leads to better performance. As the music is playing in the background of your mind the brain will concentrate even more as it is under the stress of a disturbing factor which makes it increase its performance. The music feeds the right hemisphere of the brain and we can think of the music as a fuel of inspiration for the brain in order to gain creative thoughts.
The most important thing as a writer is finding the motivation to keep writing every day if possible. Therefore we can also look at music as a positive motivational factor towards writing and progression in general. I would be very curious to hear how many people do listen to music whilst writing as well as what type of music and in what exact way this affects your writing.
Whatever you may be doing whilst writing the importance is to keep writing!