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Simply Roseanna from CA is reading Elements of Style November 13, 2014 - 10:47pm

Hello, I just joined LitReactor, and I was wondering how people go about writing.  I mean what rituals do you follow?  With me it all depends on which story I am working on and what part.  I tend to go for having loud music playing or a movie I've seen so much that it doesn't distract me to hear it.  I used to always be chewing liquorice whiles I would be at the computer typing away.  I stopped that... side track right now I wonder if I started chewing gum if I would have the same trans going on as before.

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Keiri LaPrade from Virginia is reading Beowulf November 14, 2014 - 8:53am

I usually write with headphones on.  I'm prone to distraction so having the headphones suppilies the music and cuts out other noise aroud me.  I have a certain spot that I write in too and I find it difficult to write in other places.


Also with the gum chewing thing, give it a try.  Since liquorice worked maybe it's just jaw movement in general.  It couldn't hurt to try.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies November 14, 2014 - 10:21am

I used to only be able to write with music playing and that's really it. But then I read a theory that the feeling you get when you hear a song you love or see a great part of a movie you love is the exact same feeling you get when you create. That's why music can inspire you to write, it's the same feeling. So all you have to do is tap into that feeling instead of waiting for the inspiration of a good song or a movie or whatever. Now I don't need or even really want music playing, silence works better now that I've learned to tap into that inspiration any time I want. I think it's some Zen shit or something.

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Simply Roseanna from CA is reading Elements of Style November 14, 2014 - 3:34pm

For me music is not to get the feeling of inspiration.  Music is because when I think my mind is going everywhere all the time.  It's what I always thought schizophrenic was like till I learned more about it.  I could be singing a song in my head while washing dishes and figuring out a plot of a story.



Whenever I work on my stories that are romantic comedies I use dolls.  Only when I'm having a hard time with a back and forth scene.  I was ashamed about it till I saw an episode of Castle and his character does that.  I thought well I guess it's common enough hehe.


oops I just found out why the abc check didn't work with me.  Didn't select finish checking.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 14, 2014 - 5:40pm

I have to be in the silence, in my head. I have to be able to fully picture everything before I jot it down, thus conventional outlining has at times not be as lucrative as sketching my character. I need to hear the music in my head, that cello playing in the background. The music box.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 16, 2014 - 4:50am

For me it is just white noise since I live near a fire station.