Question #9

I’m getting in just under the wire with this CoAnQuMo!

Here’s Question #9:

What music do you listen to when you write?

I know some people prefer silence during the creative process, but I have always loved listening to music.

For writing, I often choose movie soundtracks. The narrative arc of the music seems to mimic the progression of my writing process and there is often an otherworldly cinematic quality that sort of keeps me in whatever writing mode I am in.  When working on one poem or prose piece I might return to the same soundtrack as a sort of state-based creativity experience.

I like music without lyrics for writing (it’s less distracting for me), so I usually listen to a soundtrack that is instrumental.

Some soundtracks I love for writing:

Cinema Paradiso
Little Women
North by Northwest
Finding Neverland
Il Postino
The Red Violin
Out of Africa
The Hours
Far from Heaven

What do YOU like to listen to when writing (that is, if you listen to music at all)?

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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