I’m one of those people who listens to music as they write. For me, I find that it engages the part of my brain that’s constantly twiddling its thumbs, restless and wanting to drag the rest of me away from whatever I’m concentrating on. With music, that part of my brain is mollified and the rest of it can get work done. I find it particularly useful if I listen to the same song on repeat. That way it is all the easier to detach my conscious mind from the familiar tune and rhythm and words. So far this month my songs on repeat have included Sufjan Steven’s “The Only Thing,” The National’s “I Need My Girl,” and Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman.” Right now, the song playing on repeat is Shawn Mendes with “Stitches”:
I love this song. And I dance around while I’m writing. It gets me funny looks at Starbucks, but it makes me happy.
Here’s a passage from today’s Nano: