I used to listen to awesome music. That’s when I wrote the sound of marketing. I used to listen to some of my favorite songs, while writing. I clicked on the top lists in Spotify, and started hearing the guitar, the drums, and the voice of people like Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, singing:
I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don’t know where it goes
But it’s home to me and I walk alone
I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I’m the only one and I walk alone
I had a wonderful time writing. But, I didn’t get much done, really. My mind was wandering. I joined Green Day on stage. My lips were moving. I was looking at the blank screen, trying to figure out what I was doing. It didn’t matter if I was having such a great time, I was working, I needed to get things done.
It’s never silent
Now, I still listen to music when I write, but not my favorite songs. I don’t listen to music with any vocals. I use a service with the name of Focus@Will, it helps me stay focused. I’m still using a pomodoro app for Mac, to track the time I work. Together with Focus@Will, it helps me stay focused and get a lot done, every single day. The service plays the “perfect” music, music with one purpose only, and that’s to help me stay focused long enough to get as much as possible done.
The music is in the background. I don’t think about it when it’s there, it’s just playing, and I’m working. My lips aren’t moving. I’m not on stage with Green Day. It’s me and my words.