A little white noise seems to soothe the back of my brain where a wellspring of fresh ideas flows.
My white noise of choice? Music. At work, while I toil away at feature stories for magazines or marketing copy, I find a variety suits me. Sometimes I’ll pop on iTunes for the tunes I’ve uploaded. Other times I check out www.Pandora.com for some new music. (Pandora is GREAT to find new artists, but sometimes it’s distracting. If I hear a song I like and MUST NEED the singer’s name, I stop what I’m doing to write it down. NOT good on deadline.)
At home, when the fiction is flowing from my fingers, I chose my favorite CDs, like the Love Actually soundtrack, or I just hit PLAY and let whatever is in the CD changer sink into the subsconsious.
But if I’m stuck on a scene, I’ve found that the right music and unclog the conscious brain to those great ideas hiding from me in the subconscious. If I’m writing an intense fight seen, I get some really hard music – Metallica is a great example. If it’s a love scene, the Love Actually soundtrack or something equally compelling and romantic comes on board. Something humorous or intuitive needs a bit of Sinatra or classical. It all depends on the mood I’m trying to set – and my own mood as the writer.
The next time you find yourself stuck on a scene, try changing up the music mix – or add music if you have absolute silence – and see if it’s catalyst that releases your best work yet.0