Do you whistle while you work?

One of the perks of working from home is having more control over your work environment. Sure, there may be other people sharing your space, and the next-door neighbour’s barking dog might be a bother from time to time, but for the most part, you are the master of your work space. Want to work in a semi-dark room? Sure! Want to spread your research out and cover every last surface? Why not?! Need to spend your mornings sifting through emails with Jian Ghomeshi’s soothing voice on Q as background noise? Or maybe it’s old jazz standards, or hip-hop, or folk that you need to get down to business.

It’s this last element that C. Hope Clark looks at in a post for Women on Writing, entitled “The Music vs. The Muse.” Suspecting that, like herself, most writers prefer to work in silence, Clark conducted a casual poll of her blog’s readers and combined those results with a similarly unscientific survey by author Nathan Bransford. Both asked: do you listen to music while your write? If so, what?

The results?

How about you? Do you listen to music while you’re writing? What kind? Or, if not, do you prefer silence or a healthy dose of white noise? Do your listening habits change depending on what task you’re doing, such as when you switch from writing to editing? Have your habits changes over the course of your career? Share your thoughts below.

Thanks to Luigi Benetton for bringing Clark’s post to our attention.

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 10:59 am by editor · · Tagged with: , ,

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  1. Written by Jamie Bradburn
    on November 28, 2011 at 11:14 am
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    White noise for sure unless transcribing…usually with CBC Radio or NPR on in the background

    • Written by editor
      on November 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm
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      Agreed. It’s all about the volume, though. If it’s quiet it’s a lot easier for voices to sound like just another sound. Having the TV on really quietly can accomplish the same thing, I find.

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