Currently sitting with the unique problem that I need to have people poke holes in the first chapter of a manuscript I'm revising for a literary agent. Just feeling very blegh and word-blind... 


People ask how the hell I can write while listening to heavy music. Darn it, it's the only thing that will filter out the background noise, the annoying buzz of others.


And it kinda sucks that I've reached a point where it's very difficult to up the ante on the words, to add further layers. And it's the difference between staying published in the small presses or moving on to official literary representation and getting a foot in the door with the bigger publishers.

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Comment by Nerine Dorman on December 30, 2010 at 12:14pm

I struggle when a sound is irregular, so have to agree with the "talking" thing since one would, on a subconscious level, try to follow the conversation. Perhaps the thing with music that is well loved and familiar is that it works as a filter because there are no surprises. 

Comment by Scary Carrie on December 30, 2010 at 10:18am
What's strange are the people who can't work with music on. Although I guess I understand. I can't work with talking things on, like tvs, or video games.
Comment by Nerine Dorman on December 29, 2010 at 12:13am

MoGo... I'm in the rather sick and unique situation where I'm currently revising a first chapter for a literary agent who wants "more layering and emotive hooks"... And I've started a first draft of something for the Angry Robot open door month (giving myself a NaNo-on-steroids 100K deadline for end-Jan). 


Music with a lot of dramatic highs and lows tends to vibe me better than something with a regular beat. Which is probably why I should hunt down my Hans Zimmer soundtracks while I'm at it. I like music that works me up into a state. The only downside is not being able to sleep after I've hit my limit for the night.

Comment by MoGo on December 28, 2010 at 6:57pm
As strange as it sounds, I feel like I get "somewhere" better when I'm listening to eighties new wave while writing or editing my writing. This is a very different atmosphere than most of the other stuff I listen to. Then again I don't have to try to drown out background noise or other people since most of the places where I work on things tend to be rather quiet. Are you stuck at a point where you are reading over the same thing over and over again and trying to figure out what to add to it or if anything needs to be added?
Comment by Nerine Dorman on December 28, 2010 at 1:08am

i'm a bit dense this morning (still busy with the first cuppa)... do you mind mailing me the link at


I edit fiction and write so I'm always curious to see what folks who share similar interests write.

Comment by Scary Carrie on December 28, 2010 at 1:04am
It's scheduled for 2011. An editor is appraising how much work it needs. It's been a free web-serial for years. Link is on my profile if you wish to see it.
Comment by Nerine Dorman on December 28, 2010 at 12:56am

Heh! Well, my latest sale (Hell's Music) was almost soley written while listening to a combination of ToN, Seventh Void and the occasional Rammstein and Black Sabbath... It's the only stuff that can compete with when the husband is blaring Steroid Maximus or Foetus but, oddly, when I'm on the train and we get those annoying "blind" singers (this is Africa) they tend to drown out pretty much anything with their cruddy singing of hymns and now, Xmas carols. Gah!


@Carry: did you get Crooked Fang published?

Comment by Scary Carrie on December 27, 2010 at 8:02pm
Type O Negative and Megadeth are nearly solely responsible for my Crooked Fang. I feel you.
Comment by Mike Hastings on December 27, 2010 at 5:26pm
i agree with you that you need something to filter out the background noise, and heavy metal music is the perfect remedy, i do the same thing when i am writing a paper or studying.

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