Tuesday, October 15, 2019


I like writing to the sound of golf on TV.
The hushed commentary and quiet applause provide a presence without distracting. 

And there’s all that soothing green grass when you do look up.  

Tennis is good too; 
I like the soft “pocks” and the relatively gentle commentary 
in the background which let me think without feeling totally cut off from the world. 
Although tennis can be very distracting when Roger and Rafa play, not only for the 
excellence of their game but for the beauty of their extreme stretches and 
follow-through, too gorgeous for an artist to ignore.
Roger Federer In Action Against Tomas Berdych - Photo the Guardian

The BBC radio 4 on low volume is also a good accompanying drone.

Music is just too distracting; it always sweeps me up and makes me listen 

exclusively to it, drowning out the plot points and dialogue etc. I'm trying 
to focus on.

On the other hand, total silence freezes my brain. I just can't to write in 
the thundering quiet of the country. It's great to relax in and paint in,
but not to write in. Not for me, anyway. And a soundproof room makes me 
want to keep rushing out to see if the world is still there. I need to hear signs 
of life: children’s voicesducks quacking, dishwasher running, pots clattering, 
birds chirpingthe dull roar of city traffic with an occasional siren. 
Companionable, reassuring and soothing.
Inspiring, even.

First published July 20, 2009




Maxie said...

Enjoyed your post about background sounds to write by. I love writing in the country, birds, animal sounds and I love to write to music. I doesn't distract me, it gives me a sweep and a rhythm to write to, especially Bach. Makes my writing more structured. Sometimes TOO structured. Then I have to put on Mozart to get more lyrical.
Anyway, love your posts about agents, chocolate and animation. Look forward to more.

tearose68 said...

I like to write with soft sounds in the background. Music distracts me too.
I loved this post, made me really consider when and where I write.

Nora Lumiere said...

As long as I can hear some sign of life going on in the bakground, I can write. It's silence that's deadly for me.
Thanks for your comment.