Thursday, November 15, 2018

Power On

Hey guys, and welcome back to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you stopped in to see what we’re chatting about today. If you read Tuesdays post, you’ll probably find this one amusing.

See, all month long we’re talking about ways to get in the zone with your writing. Ways to stop yourself from being distracted. Ways to keep yourself writing and prevent yourself from doing whatever else. So, so far, we’ve started listening to ASMR videos, we’ve found the soundtracks to our writing, and we’ve turned the television off.

Now, let’s turn it back on.

#4: Watch Something You’ve Seen a Million Times

I know, I know, I literally just told you to turn the thing off. But there are some times when we really need it on. And I know that a lot of you will actually disagree with me here, but if you do, then that’s okay. This post probably isn’t for you.

Some of us, me included, occasionally write better when we have something on in the background—as long as that something is something we’ve seen a million times before, and therefore don’t have to pay attention to.

For me, this is one of two things. Stargate or The Village. Why? Because I’ve seen them a lot, I love them, but I don’t have to pay attention to know what’s going on in that story. Which means I can do my own thing while it’s on, and it’s not a big deal.

I’m honestly not sure why this works, or what it is about just having something on in the background, but for some of us, at certain times, it’s just amazing.

There are times, especially when I’ve been insanely busy and have been pounding out more words than usual, that I just need to have a little bit of a distraction, but one I know I can ignore in a couple minutes. In those times, if I put Stargate on, I know there will be times when I want to look up and see what’s going on, to be a part of this specific scene, but that in two more minutes I can look back at my work and get back to it.

It’s brilliant. It’s amazing. And especially during NaNoWriMo, I think it might be extremely helpful for all of you.

So try it out. But only if you’re the type of person who can handle a little bit of a distraction, because, if you’re not, this will only make your life more difficult.

Trust me. I know. Because I’m both kinds of people. Yep.


{Rani Divine}

Monday, November 12, 2018

Into Oblivion

Hey guys, and welcome back to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you stopped by. :)

All month long, since it’s NaNoWriMo, we’re talking about ways to get in the zone and get that writing done. You know, so you’ll actually have a shot at writing 50,000 words in a month (which, by the way, I used to do every month, which explains why I've never actually participated in NaNoWriMo). Since I write a lot, and I have many methods in making sure I get my writing time in, I thought this might be a useful series for you all.

Thus far, we’ve talked about watching or listening to ASMR videos online, and listening to epic (or soundtrack) music as the score to your writing. Today, I’ll accent that a bit.

#3: Turn off the TV

No, really. Turn it off. Right now. Go do it. You don’t need the TV on while you’re writing.

Know why?

Because the human brain is wired to look at whatever is moving. If there’s a bug crawling around on the wall, your eyes will gravitate toward it as the thing that’s moving around. The same concept applies to the television, which is why so many people get completely glued to the thing.

Most of us really can’t get enough writing done if the TV is on, because instead of writing, we’re staring at the television. That’s not okay. So, right now, get up and turn that television off. Yeah, it might annoy the rest of your family. That’s okay, they can be annoyed at you for a month. 

If the television is on, your ASMR and your soundtracks won't be able to help you. 

Thing is, especially during novel writing month, you can’t afford to be distracted. That's why I picked out some things for you to listen to, to help you stay in the zone once you get there. But really, you can’t afford to be distracted anyway. This is your writing time, time when you’re not supposed to be watching TV or staring into oblivion, but writing.

So, why is the TV on anyway?

I know, I know, it’s an automatic response for most of us. We hit a certain time of day, and we reach for the remote. But if we’re going to be more productive, if we’re going to get all our words in for the day, it really is better if we change some of those habits.

It’s time to turn off the television and write.

If you want to get serious about writing, then get serious. Turn the TV off. Get rid of the distractions and thrive in the things that get you into the zone. Allow yourself to freely write and explore in the new world you’re creating.

That, my friends, is one of the most important things you can do this month.


{Rani Divine}

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Two Steps to the Future

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you’re back, here to check out the next in my ways of getting myself in the writing zone.

It’s NaNoWriMo this month, which means a ton of writers are sitting down and forcing themselves to knock out a 50,000 word book in a month that also happens to contain a pretty big holiday (if you're in the States, that is). It’s hard. It’s not something I’ve participated it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give you some pointers for getting yourself in the zone—whether you’re writing a book this month or just writing like you usually do.

#2: Epic Music

To be more specific, Two Steps from Hell and Future World Music, because they’re my favorites and I love them.

While Tuesday was all about finding a background that helps you focus and get yourself into the zone, today is all about finding the soundtrack to what you’re writing—which is why I’ve chosen two different artists for you to check out.

For me, writing is really easy, especially if I can find music that perfectly matches the scenes I’m working on at the moment. Which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds, let me tell you.

I need epic music, music with no English lyrics or no lyrics at all, and music that flows like the score to my favorite films. Which is why I always recommend epic music, because it is, essentially, soundtrack music. It’s really trailer music, or rather, it’s a lot of the music you’ll hear in the previews for movies and television shows.

And a lot of it is absolutely amazing, and available online. Two Steps even has a lot of their albums available for listening on YouTube, if you don’t feel like purchasing that much music. Me, I love them so much that I don’t even bother to sample the music before I but their albums anymore. Whatever Two Steps releases, you better know I own it.

I’ve digressed.

See, for me, epic music is the soundtrack to what I’m writing right now. Because of that, I’m better able to visualize what I’m writing, which helps immensely in writing it down and making sure my readers see things the same way I do. I don’t want anyone to be in the dark about what I’m writing, what I’m seeing when I write. Epic music helps with that.

The two artists I’ve given you, Two Steps from Hell and Future World Music, are the two that I listen to the most.

If you’re wanting to write something epic, something fantasy, something very deep within this genre, I’d highly recommend Two Steps from Hell's repertoire.

If, however, you’re writing a space opera, something very sci-fi, very techy, or very introspective, you need to check out Future World Music's latest albums.

Different artists work better for different moods, different stories, and different genres. Obviously, I can’t tell you what to listen to while you’re writing an Amish romance, because I don't write Amish romance, but I can tell you what I know.

These two artists don’t disappoint. Ever.


{Rani Divine}