Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Worth Repeating

Every once in a while, we come across something that makes our life simpler. Lots of writers swear by writing to music, and so I've been dabbling in it. There's tons of free music on sites like YouTube, but most of it doesn't play long enough to be worth the trouble of the search.

I mean, who wants to stop writing every 2 minutes and 47 seconds to click play?

When I lamented this to my tech-savvy writing buddy, Carrie Butler, she directed me to Listenonrepeat.com. To use this site, you simply search for a video by title and click on the one you want. The site automatically loops it for you. 

You can also type listenonrepeat into a YouTube URL before the .com to watch/listen on repeat.  

Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YWMLe1soMc would become http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch?v=2YWMLe1soMc 

Isn't that cool!

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by. As a bonus, I'm posting one of the songs I listened to while writing my HR, Come Back...


Enjoy. :)


24 comments:

  1. Something's afoot! I've signed up to receive emails of your posts, and they're not coming! Not in spam, either...hmmm. I tried to sign up again and it already has me.

    I put a youtube feed on my blog and have wondered if anyone ever listens to it. I love a little "white noise" in the background that tells me the rest of the world continues to turn, even whilst I write.

    Thanks, M! Now to read your GPM!

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    1. Hmmm. Dunno. Maybe unsubscribe and resubscribe?

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  2. What a good recommendation! I listen to music while I write, it inspires me, but you are right. Stop to click play can be bothersome.

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  3. How awesome is this? I'd never heard of it before, but this is perfect for me as I'm a music nut. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. That's pretty awesome! Thanks for letting us know.

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  5. Thanks for visiting, all of you.

    I'm sorry to be so scarce lately, but I've been working 4 nights in a row. I'll catch up on social media soon. :)

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  6. I'm one of those folks who likes complete silence while I write-- no music or TV during the day at all. I've tried and just find it too distracting. Plus, honestly, I just love silence and being in my head. It's peaceful for me. But for the music-lovers-while-writing, and I know there are plenty, what a fantastic idea!

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  7. I find certain songs inspire me to write. They generate characters or scenes in my head. Some of my projects work well with music playing in the background, but my smaller works, usually picture books, need dead silence. Even a ticking clock bugs me. Will have to check out the link.

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    1. Yeah. I hear ya both. I was that way - still am sometimes - but for some reason, this album has worked well to write to. It's almost like it's the theme for the book.

      I think part of the reason it's worked for me is, in the evening, it's a choice between headphones and this music or family noise = voices, middle-grader arguments, two TVs or a TV and a Wii w/ video game going, etc...

      LOL I'll take the music. ;)

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  8. Never heard of that site but it sounds very useful! i love listening to instrumental music or soundtracks when I'm writing, too :)


    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  9. Ha! What a great idea... will drive some crazy, but there have been a few times when I want a song to charge a scene, and, of course, I have to hit play every three minutes. Good to know. :)

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  10. That's a great idea. I've done a scene writing thing where I want the same music. That would have come in handy.

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  11. And if you do want a variety but one with a similar feel for a scene, Pandora is good. But I know what you mean by hearing a song over and over. That's why I try to select really long songs.

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  12. Never heard of this either but I will check it out. I listen to a lot of music and for some tracts is would be nice to have it on loop. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I just turned on a song there (P!nk, Try), so cool! I learn so much from your blog :) Thank you!

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  14. If I listen while I write, I usually tune to an instrumental shuffle on Pandora. I'll check this out. Thanks.

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  15. Oh that's clever. I tend to just put together a playlist on itunes and loop it all.

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  16. I always find music too distracting - I'm another one of those who needs to have silence! That's not to say I don't find it inspiring, just not when I'm actually working. The same one over and over again... it would have to be something I really loved!

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    1. Sometimes I like silence, too.

      With music, it has to be something I like, something that doesn't change radically from song to song (why the 'repeat' thing is actually good) and the volume has to be turned down low. ;)

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  17. Carrie knows all the best stuff! LOL. Cool!

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  18. I love making a long playlist to write to, but Pandora is great for finding new music in my favorite genres. They even have an ad-free premium service. Spotify is cool to. Free, with ads as well.
    You're absolutely right though, clicking 'play' all the time is beyond distracting!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions.

      Maybe it's my computer or internet service (we had to slow our DSL down one speed level - long story), but when I tried Pandora, it kept pausing every few seconds. I don't have that problem nearly as often with YouTube.

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