Some days I sit down to create and it all comes together while other days it seems like I fuss and fidget with everything and nothing seems to fit together. What makes the difference? That’s a great question! What I do know is that often the environment I’m creating in makes a big difference. I’m one that can’t handle total quiet – I need some sort of background noise. So when I create I either have the TV on, a movie playing, or music going. If you’re the same way, some of my favorites may be on your list or maybe you’ll add them.
When I select a movie, it must be one I’ve already seen or it doesn’t work because I stop creating and start watching the movie. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Pride & Prejudice (the BBC version – five hours long)
- Return to Me
- Sense and Sensibility
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- Miss Congeniality
I’ve spent most of my career involved in writing and so I’ve found that listening to music with words doesn’t affect my ability to write or create – I just sing along or tap my toes to the beat. I know some people prefer music without words, which is just fine. You need to do what works for you. Here are my go to songs:
- Dancing Queen – ABBA
- Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
- Larger than Life – Backstreet Boys
- Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees
- Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
- Love Song – Sara Bareilles
- Any song by Josh Groban – but not if I need toe tapping music or something to sing with
I realized I could go on all day with the list of songs. Guess I better stop!
As for TV shows, it has to be a rerun because again, if I haven’t seen it I tend to stop creating and watch. A few favs:
- Big Bang Theory
- Rizzoli and Isles
- Law & Order
- Iron Chef America
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Criminal Minds
- Modern Family
What do you have going when you create? Music? Movies? TV? Total quiet? I’d love to hear, especially specific songs, movies, or TV shows.
Have fun creating!