As an introvert, becoming a writer completely made sense to me. There’s a certain kind of solitude that comes with the art form, and often times (if not always), us writers would rather pull ourselves away to a corner with a pen and talk by jotting all our thoughts down. Some writers prefer absolute silence, but others (like me) need sound to get things rolling. And I noticed something about my working habits and the genres that go well with whatever activity I’m doing: when I’m writing I listen to a hell lot of metal, but when I’m drawing or designing, my brain tends to lean more on pop and Disney soundtracks. When I try to flip it around, I can’t seem to function properly and simply wind up doing something else (watch old episodes of my favorite shows, play video games, look for food, sleep). It was clinically proven by a brain doctor over a decade ago that I don’t have the greatest attention span in the world , so when I get distracted, it’s difficult to turn back. But when I discovered how all that those darn heavy riffs help me focus on my writing, I really made it a point to blast it whenever I have to work.
It’s funny though, how a genre filled with so much aggression and loudness could keep a person so still and write about absolutely anything throughout the day. This is how I completed my thesis. This is how I survived a full year at the most depressing writing job I forced myself to wake up for every day. This is how I finished my first novel. It’s all thanks to the magic of heavy metal and the wonders it could bring.
Whether for creative reasons or office work, here are 12 songs that somehow get me to write.
What songs do you listen to when you work?