Blogger: Rachel Kent
Do you listen to music while you write?
I came across this article from The Washington Post. It discusses a study that shows that listening to music that you enjoy can help you to focus your thoughts by increasing your “default mode network” (DMN). The DMN is active when your brain is in a state of wakeful rest and you aren’t focused on the outside world, but instead on inner thought. When you are daydreaming you are in a DMN state and your imagination might work best in this state as well. An active imagination helps the writing to flow.
If music, even music you like, is a distraction to you while you write, you might be more of a TPN or “task-positive network” writer. TPN is when your brain is active in a task or while you are doing something that demands your attention. I would imagine that some writers write best in this state of mind while others might work better while in DMN. Writing is a mix of hard work and creativity, so music might help some and be a hindrance to others. (Read more about DMN or TPN.)
If music does help you write, this study supports creating your own playlist filled with tunes you enjoy. Turning on the radio or going to Starbucks to listen to the random playlist there could be distracting for you. Having your favorite songs playing is likely best.
Do you think you are a “task-positive network” or “default mode network” writer?
Do you enjoy writing with music playing? What are some tunes on your current writing playlist?
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