Alive, but WordPress ate my words

I had been writing out a fairly long ramble on the effect of music and rhythm in my writing, and then WordPress decided it was hungry and gobbled up my words, every single one of them, the poor dears. I was quite upset, and I’m upset enough not to want to even try recreating what I was talking about in the aforementioned dearly departed entry.

However, I will continue to ask: if you listen to music while writing (creative fiction/nonfiction), what is it? I personally gravitate towards the music of Loreena McKennitt when I’m writing, most especially The Lady of Shallott (from her album The Visit) and The Highwayman (from The Book of Secrets). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those songs are based from beautiful, heart-wrenching poems, but yes. I’m curious as to what everyone else listens to; and maybe to also get a few recommendations as to what other artists or albums I should try. My friend Caroline led me to Joni Mitchell, and I think her Song to a Seagull is precious; and it’s opened my eyes that, zomg, there must be more writing music out there!

Lastly, I know there are some who read poetry before writing, sort of to stimulate the mind and ready it for writing because actually plunging in. I think is is especially useful for me, as I tend to pick up rhythm and style from what I read, and it goes out into my writing (this happens very frequently with Jane Eyre–after reading it for just a few hours, I end up writing like Charlotte Bronte for days, if I don’t realize it before and correct myself). If anyone else does this, care to share which poets always brings out the writer in you?

Additionally, this is shameless pimpage of my new Vox account–you may now find me there under the very shocking username of angelamaria. I’m still debating whether to treat it as a book log (because it can be! omgsquee!), but I feel like I’d be then ignoring all its other strengths, so I am totally unsure. I can always have my book log/review thing here, as I’ve always, always had it in my head to put one up.


  • No, I won’t remove you from my links, because I really like this site. I was just wondering if this site was still in use, because I like to read about your “writings” (novels… etc.). I haven’t finished reading Brenda Ueland’s book, yet, but I’ll go on reading today. BTW my URL has changed as you might have probably noticed. Thanks for having me on the list ;)

  • Hello Sarah, yes, it is. I’ve just been rather busy and haven’t been able to write, and as this IS my writing domain/blog, there was nothing to write about. Actually, no, last weekend I did want to write about something writing-related, but haven’t been able to write yet. However… well, if you feel like you’d like to remove me from your links, that’s not a problem.

  • Is this website still in use, Angela?!

  • heehee…elow ate :D ang ganda ng website mo
    dat’s all bye!

  • I use to listen to Depeche Mode while writing or other oldies mainly from the 60s-80s and some 90s. It’s very stimulating to listen to music. Some people can’t do both, for example, listening to music and do their homework. I couldn’t do my homework without music – fortunately I’m one of the lucky ones ;) The same for my writing.

  • I haven’t written much lately, but I do enjoy listening to music when I do. I always listen to ANYTHING by Jars of Clay when I need inspiration.

    I hope you don’t mind if I add you on Vox. My username is honeybee! I love the browns of your website… makes me feel so cozy. :)

  • Hi!

    I listen to lots of songs, naka-shuffle yung WinAmp ko, so random songs are playing when I write. However, I usually get my inspiration (i.e. content of story) through Lisa Loeb’s lyrics. :)