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Music and Sounds to Help You Work: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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For some of us, writing in silence or with the usual background noise of a house, library, or café can be challenging. I’m never really comfortable working in total silence, myself. Many writers turn to music or other ambient soundtracks to help them stay focused. For some it’s the fact that it drowns out distracting sounds. For others it might be a calming effect that helps clear their head. Personally, I enjoy music that fits the mood of the book I’m writing, sort of like a private soundtrack for the movie playing in my head.

Of course, it can be tricky finding the right sounds to play in the background, especially if it’s not something you’ve tried before. Some people find lyrics distracting and can only listen to orchestral works. Others might have particular preferences for sounds of nature. Here are some resources to consider when deciding on what tracks to use:

1: 44 Perfect Songs to Listen to While You Write – If writing along to your own personal movie soundtrack is your thing, this list should give you more than a few strong starting points.

2: 8 Styles of Music to Help You Focus While You Write – You might not be sure what listening style will work best for you. Mood music? A book soundtrack? This article will help you figure it out.

3: Music to Write to – This article delves into the psychology of music affects our concentration and how best to use sounds for the right situation.

4: 12 Ambient Noise Generators for Creative Work – If you feel more comfortable with background noise as opposed to music, check out these options for ambient sounds that’ll block out the outside world.

5: The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done – The wrap us up for this week, here’s a more broad look at sounds to help you work. This is intended to guide you in choosing sounds for a general working environment, not just writing, so it may help while you’re editing, reviewing submissions guidelines, preparing a query, etc.

That’s it for now. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt.
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