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Do you listen to music when you write?



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Do you listen to music when you write?

I'm a freelance writer who is looking at working full-time as a writer since this is what gives me joy. Recently, I have realized that having the music on when I work is something that I am getting addicted to. Do you really enjoy working as a writer or any work online with the music on? 

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jayjaydimson

Actually, I don't listen to anything when I write, for some I guess it's helpful, but in my case, I don't want to, because it really makes my mind uncomfortable.



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Barida

I think that we have different preferences on what works better for us. There was a time that I was having issues with listening to such kind of music when I write, but at a point, I got to he comfortable with it which is pretty okay for me.



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ElectorAlexande

I tried listening to music while writing but at one point I just stop writing and sing along with the music and it will indeed make me forget points or what I plan on writing.



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menchuuy58

I agree with you. If you play music, you can forget your points. You begin to sing along with the music.



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Youngshark

Not for me. The music actually acts as an important background and I have gotten so used to it that I never lose any concentration when it is on.



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menchuuy58

That is good for you. I lose my concentration at times that there is noise. I want a noise free place.



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emiaj55

I usually do like peaceful places when I write. But then the cafes I frequent usually have a soft music in the background. I guess that is why I like playing music on the background while I write.



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burgosmichael24

Listening to music while writing can be a good idea to set your mood and give some inspiration. However, all writers are not the same. Maybe it works for some butnot for the others. Nonetheless, it's a good suggestion.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, and suddenly, you will stop writing and started to sing, and your mood on writing will loose.



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jayjaydimson

Yes lol, same as me, that's why I more likely to have a peace of mind when I am writing stuff.



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menchuuy58

That's right. We have different preferences. I listen to videos while I write.



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Youngshark

Wow that is nice and something that would be the opposite of what I like since when I have videos playing it will reach a point when I have to shift the concentration to watch the video especially at the juicy parts.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. Each of us have differing views and preferences. What works for you might not work for me.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, we have our different perspective on things that we do.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, we do have our own perspective, and that's only my opinion because I feel like I can think imaginative when my mind is focused only on writing stuff.



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Youngshark

That is definitely what works out for you and mainly it is dependent on the manner that you got used to which means that it is unique to you and that is great.



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Alymae

Both are okay for me. It all depends to me what type of music I'm listening while writing. I listen to love songs, mellow music, saxophones and christian songs when writing. It stimulates my brain and make me more relax. I found myself more inspired listening to this types of music.



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Steve5

Me too. I only allow soft, peaceful music. I feel like everyone is distracted by loud sounds while writing. It's a good idea to find a quiet space before starting. That way, you can lessen potential distractions from your ongoing work.



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ElectorAlexande

I browse online to know the best music for reading and I was told to download Classical music which I did but I still think it's not good because any thing noise can distract writers whether cool music or not.



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Steve5

It's really an individual preference. What works for you may not work for others. Something like that. So it's okay if you prefer silence. In fact, I've read that lack of noise can be beneficial to our brains. It allows them to process stuff at a much more efficient rate.



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Youngshark

The type of music also changes and depends with the person since there are people who naturally love loud music as others love the soft kind and some still are hooked to the classical type.



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Youngshark

There are people who rarely concentrate without some form the f noise in the background and for me I have gotten used to this.



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menchuuy58

That's great. I think soft music is good. It lessens potential distractions as you write along.



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Steve5

It does as long as you're okay with it. You feel as though you're being transported to a different place. This is how a lot of creative writers get things done. Especially, fiction novelists.



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Youngshark

Yeeah, I have heard of this with some of the great names out there. They have some habit of loving either classical or any kind of soft music depending on the area that one originates from and what they are used to.



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Steve5

That's right. They imagine the places their stories go to. It's as if they're real. It helps them establish how the world appears to its readers.

Soft music is great for writing peaceful things. Like poems and diary entries.



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emiaj55

Classical music can really have a positive effect to our mentality. There were researches that suggest that if infants are made to listen to classical music, these would help mental development in their formative years.



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emiaj55

I agree. Somtimes upbeat songs just makes me lose focus on what I am writing and more on the songs playing. Lately I have been listening to classical instrumentals and monks singing lauds and vespers. It helps when I don't understand what they were saying so I don't focus on them. But I don't recommend listening to them on wee hours. They could creep you out. At they did creeped me out, lol.



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Steve5

That's so funny. I also find them creepy at times. It's like you're listening to something otherworldly. But in the worst way. Especially, those terrifying Latin opus. It's used for end of the world scenes in movies.



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ElectorAlexande

I feel it uncomfortable to me too, I can listen to the music first and then write but I don't listen to music while I write, it causes distraction.



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menchuuy58

I did it before. What I do now is listening to videos while I write. Although its difficult, I can do it.



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menchuuy58

The same is true with me. I don't listen to music when I write. But I listen to videos.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. I can focus well in writing if i don't listen to music. i don't like any noise.



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stbrians

You are the type of writer who gives their writing all the attention? It is good so that you avoid errors. Distraction may not auger well with your working.



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nrnlss

I get really distracted with any music when I write sometimes, but there are a few songs that inspire me to write instead of distracting me.



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stbrians

Music can be inspirational indeed. I listen to them as I write and they motivate me as I punch the buttons of my computer.



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PilyongHusband

I agree with you. Listening to anything could it be a song, video or even instrumental music makes my mind more confused on what to focus, the one I am writing or the audio I am listening. This on proves that we can't serve two masters at a time. LOL



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mark8625

I feel the same way too. There are times that I liked music playing while I am working and there I times that I dont want to. I guess it all depends the moods of the person.



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Kakashi2020

I do listen to music when I'm writing but not all the time. Sometimes I like it peaceful and quiet. Right now, it's almost December and that means Christmas Songs for me. During some nights I would play classic Christmas songs from the 40's and 50's. I like the ones sung by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Maetin.



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burgosmichael24

Listening to music can be relaxing and set our mood for the day or for the task at hand. However, we should set our limitations because it can also distract us in some important matters.



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esteban123

I think for me it is different because when I am writing I never used to listen to some music because it destroy my focus and concentration while writing. I cannot make a good content when writing if I am listening to some songs. As much as possible I see to it that the place that I would be working for is quite and at peace since it is the only way for me to have a good creation in my writings. I just only listen to some music after I had made an article because that is the time that I want to feel relax because it is tough to write great articles and it is really time consuming.



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stbrians

This is what most people are. They enjoy a very quiet atmosphere. It is on this background that they write deep in the night or on the wee hours.



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Steve5

Yes, it's likely the case. People enjoy quiet evenings for their peacefulness. You are more inspired to write because everyone else is asleep. That means no one will be there to distract you from what you're writing.



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ElectorAlexande

I feel very comfortable writing in the night, the only problem I have is the sound of aeroplane that pass through the sky that distracts me so I just wait till it pass and continue.



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emiaj55

I agree. It is very conducive to write on wee hours since it is so quiet and peaceful. It s like you could put all your effort and thought into what you are doing without caring for distractions. It takes toll of course so be sure take your rest as well. Get enough sleep.



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Barida

Music is like a boost to me and listening to one when I write always push me to a higher level which is really good. Sometimes, it may not work well for me, but making out time to write while the music is on is something which I really enjoy doing.



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stbrians

I wonder the qualities of music that make it so inspirational while writing. Soft soothing music works fine for me. Those with quick beats are hard ones to use while writing.



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Steve5

You pretty much said it all. Noisy surroundings doesn't make for a good day of writing. Our workplace informs so much of our productivity. That's why it's essential to keep it as far away from loud sounds as possible. Even small yet irritating sounds.



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nrnlss

Right, sometimes I listen to music while I edit my article or while I proofread it.



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amelia88

It depends on my mood really. Sometimes I don’t mind having music on in the background, but sometimes I find it to be too much of a distraction. It often comes down to the type of music, too. If it’s too harsh and abrasive I won’t want to listen to it. If it’s soothing and relaxing there’s more chance I’ll enjoy it.



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Martinsx1

If the music that is playing in the background where you're trying to work is very loud, there is always going to be an increased possibility of being easily distracted by the loud sound of the music playing.

Just keep the music low in volume and just enjoy the little bits it produces and the lyrics as well.



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amelia88

One thing I actually don’t mind on when I’m working is educational podcasts. Somehow I find them motivating, even though I’m not fully focused on every word the speaker is saying. Sometimes I guess I assume I’ll learn things by passively listening to them!



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stbrians

Multitasking is what we have adopted of late. It is not a good habit though. It is good to listen to music during its time and write in the writing span too. Though it is oersinal preference and I often write with music in the background, it is not a good habit.



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nrnlss

I get what you are saying, there are times where I want to listen to music while I write, but there are times where I don't want to.



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theresajane

It actually depends on my mood. Sometimes, when I feel like my mind is relaxed and at ease, I don't intend to listen to music. But, when I have that moment when I feel like I'm all pressured with other factors in my writing, I always go to my classical music playlist because it helps my mind fall into proper place.



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mark8625

Yeah that is one thing also. It depends on the mood of the person. If the person feels to listen while working well it is not a big deal as long as you are not affecting others.



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ElectorAlexande

I only listen to the classical music I have on my playlist when I get tired of writing and want to take a break or before writing but I feel distracted when having it in the background while writing.



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mark8625

Classical music is really good. I liked it also. It makes my mind relax while working.



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Barida

I always enjoy listening to music during the time when I feel under some kind of pressure. It is a way that I hasten my work while doing some quality works at the end of the day. I think that it is pretty nice for me as well to do something like this as well.



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stbrians

I normally enjoy TV or music playing in the background
This way am motivated to write. My concentration increases and I can write high powered articles.



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nrnlss

Yes, I know a person who is like this too. Most writer want a quiet background so it is really weird thing to do.



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Barida

It is a good way to boost concentration. One funny thing is that there are times that I have not really taken time to understand some things as regards the benefits of listening to music when we write, but at this point, it is quite important.



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mark8625

Sometimes when I feel deaf by the quietness of the place. I enjoyed it but the music should be soft and not too loud. It helps me to relax and more enjoyable to work.



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amelia88

I’ve actually heard a number of people feel the same way, where too much silence actually bothers them in the same way that super loud music would for other people.

It’s always interesting - everyone’s unique and has their own personal likes and dislikes, or things that make their work life easier.



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mark8625

I am glad I am not the only one experiencing same thing. I hate too much silence for long time. It made my surrounding boring.



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Barida

Soft music is good, but sometimes, I play jazz as that is a way that I boost my mindset to keep doing things that are pretty nice as well. I have gotten to that point where I can say that music is almost part of everything that I do.



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focusedwriter10

This depends on the concentration of an individual. Some freelancers prefer staying in a quiet environment, while others like I prefer having some music playing in the background.

I rarely watch TV, but I am always playing music, although at a volume that cannot distract me.



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Martinsx1

Watching television is a complete no for me because my attention will definitely be divided as I'm the kind of person who pays much attention and focus on television shows.

I can listen to any kind of soft music but never watch television when I'm trying to write an article.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. It depends on the person on what kind of environment he can work well. I also think that it also depend on the mood of the person writing because some songs might help to bring out some ideas to put into their content.



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Martinsx1

Definitely, music is a party to my writing. In fact, music has been something that I can't do without on daily basis because it gives me the motivation and concentration to do my work diligently.The music wouldn't have to be a loud bang music but anything soft and calm would be perfect for me.



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Barida

I like soft music as well when I am working. I have developed this connection with music each time that I am working and that is something that I always look up to as one of the ways that I can really enjoy a good time while doing some contents.



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Martinsx1

Normally in the early morning, I do work with listening to Christian music because it sets me in the mood to worship God and still do my writing jobs as well.

Remember that without God in anything you do, there is no way of getting to succeed in the online business and any other thing. So God comes first as well for me.



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nrnlss

That is really sweet, how dedicated you are to God.



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HappyLady

Contrary to the belief that women can multi task, I cannot write and listen to music. I can however, listen to music and feel inspired to write, but in order to write, I need silence. Seems like there ae a lot of Christians here. I find I am listening to worship or worshipping in church and have to stop and scribble down the poem that the worship inspired. For that reason, I need a notebook in church. As the person above says, God first and the rest falls into place.



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allyn2017

I agree with you, my brain can only focus on one thing.



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Youngshark

This is great for you and I believe that if you concentrate in such a manner you can be able to bring out the best in you.



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anyone01

You need to try an instrumental song. Different individual when they listen to a words, they are processed within the same side of the brain you are using for while you doing something. The opposite side is more tuned in to melody and you may do simply fine listening to classical.



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vhinz

No. I'm can't focus writing when I'm listening to music. I am more productive when the surroundings is quiet. I'm easily distracted with noise. So listening to music while writing doesn't work for me.



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allyn2017

I feel it is really hard to write if there are a lot of noises around you.



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vhinz

There are others that can still write in noisy surroundings. My profession in college used to study and write while listening to rock music. He said he trained himself for it so he can still focus in writing even if it is noisy.



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Steve5

I like listening to music. Though, it's not something I do while writing. I find it distracting. This is especially true for songs with lyrics and vocals. I'd prefer smooth orchestra and classical music. Something gentle and calming. It will greatly improve my mood.



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amelia88

That's true for me as well. I do prefer silence overall, but if there was music on I'd much prefer it to just be instrumental music rather than anything with lyrics too. I guess I feel like with lyrics, my brain automatically tries to listen to those and pay attention to them - when I really just need to be paying attention to my work!



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Kakashi2020

I always listen to soft music when I'm writing. Mostly Jazz and Bossa Nova. I usually write during the night, up until dawn and when it's around 2AM, I would play Christmas music while drinking some hot coffee and smoking a stick of cigarette.



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allyn2017

jazz is so relaxing, it will make you fall asleep. Also, instead of getting distracted it will make you feel at ease.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Jazz really has a power to out you at ease. Aside from your mind being at ease, your body also relaxes, thus making your mind think properly. But sometimes, if I'm tired, it makes me sleepy.



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superlicca

I wish I can also write while listening to music. But as much as I want to, that will just distract me. Even the soft music won't help me to write. If there is a music, I will feel sleepy or it will give me the feeling of relaxing.



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cmoneyspinner

I don't intentionally put music on when I am writing. But my husband and I are in the same room and he loves to listen to music. So I better learn how to write with the music playing. Our bedroom is my home office and it's the most comfortable place in the apartment to do my work. The music doesn't disrupt my writing process. I don't often use music for my writing inspiration though.



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Barida

Wow! I hope that your are finding it to be the right mix of things. When we are talking of writing when the music is on, you should work out the best ways to make things work fine for you.



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allyn2017

It depends on what I am writing, if it is an article I don't. Because any sound distract me, but if I am writing a prose and poems I do, and I will suit the music to the topic I am writing.



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Barida

That's a point, I believe that when we are making some serious contents, we should limit the way that you listen to music as well since it is a great way to work things out for the better way.



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davedaot04

Right! really depends on what I write too but sometimes in just depends on my mood, doesn't matter what it is I'm writing about when I feel like it I do it.



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emiaj55

I have the habit of playing the music whenever I write. Although at times it just drowns in the background whenever I got into my writing too much. Plus music calms me whenever I'm too stressed in my writing. I believe there are also studies that says listening to music while doing a task increases success rate. But I don't really need scientific basis. Listening to music while writing is just a must.



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Barida

That's pretty nice to know! One thing that I have noticed about listening to music is that there are ways that you can always have a good time with it which is good. When I write, I listen to cool songs as this is one of the ways that I can enjoy my time on it as well.



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esteban123

I am refraining to any music whenever I am starting to write my article because I find it to be uncomfortable whenever I am listening to music. I do appreciate those people that can work or write articles while listening to some music since they have a good concentration. I can easily be distracted whenever I hear music since my mind and body is also singing and going with flow of music which is something that I do not like to happen as much as possible.



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Barida

I believe that it is all about the mind and body working in unison. You will always get to feel nice when you are making contents with the songs on the background, but I understand that not everyone likes this plan as well.



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mdayrit

Yes. I am one of those writer who enjoys listening to music while I write. It actually keeps me up and inspired to continue writing after a busy day. I understand that some writers get easily distracted with the noise. I guess it takes time getting used to doing it. Even when I was in school, I have music while I study for an exam or while reading a book.



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Barida

It's all about habit. I have formed this habit that I wouldn't be able to focus on my writing without the music being on. However, I have not tried reading my books when the music is on and that it works for you goes a long way to show how it is going to favor you as well.



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Martinsx1

Lately, I have started to lose focus with listening to songs that are too emotional when I'm writing. This kind of song appeals to my inner feelings and makes me want to cry and crying is not good for my concentration when writing.



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jpk0007

Well, honestly I don't think I will be able to concentrate on my writing if I keep some kind of music on. I love to listen to music and I usually like to listen to music when I take short breaks in between my writing. I feel refreshed after listening to music and then I can resume my work again feeling recharged. However, if I keep the music on while writing then I will slowly start listening to the music instead of focusing on my writing



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Barida

There are writers that have this kind of issues of not focusing on what they writer when they are listening to music. I totally understand and feel that you shouldn't risk your accuracy when you write all because you want to listen to music.



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Kakashi2020

It's Sunday morning right now here in the Philippines and I'm listening to old school Beatles music. Well my mom likes it and she's here now. I'm doing some forum posting and it's always good to play some music when I'm writing, it ligthens me up and motivates me.



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amelia88

Ah, I love the Beatles! Even though I grew up well outside the main era they were popular, I think their music truly stands the test of time. They have so many catchy songs. My favorites are Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine!



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Barida

That's the way that I enjoy my Sunday as well. Trying to fix everything that concerns music in with the way that I write as well. That has been a great way to feel motivated all through the day.



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edencaga

Yes, all the time. I usually listen to classical or instrumental music. It makes my mind more relax and can reflect more of my thoughts. I usually do this when I'm writing a song or a poem and when I am also frustrated about things, music is my friend and while listening, I deeply expressed thru writing.



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amelia88

I've read a lot of research that suggests classical music improves brain function - it's something about the type of music promoting dopamine, one of those "feel good hormones" that the brain has.

Incredible that a particular type of music can improve the way our brain works!



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anyone01

Good point. Music influences the brain in lots of effective approaches. It makes you smarter, happier and greater productive at any age. Listening is ideal, playing is even better. Song has performed an essential part of each human way of life, both past and present.



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edencaga

Yes, that's true indeed. Our English teacher mentioned it before that classical music improves your brain function that's why you can easily think of an idea or something.



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Barida

That's good to know! I enjoy most of the jazz songs when I am writing and it has also helped me to improve on the way that I make awesome contents. The best thing that we should also try to understand is that making sure that things work fine is always better than when it is not working for you.



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Barida

I have been inspired as well when I write and I believe that the are other writers that always feel the same. It is all about getting to notice what works for you and watch do not work.



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anyone01

For me it allows me concentrate without difficulty. Once I listen to song, I'm able to simply get on with work and forget about everything else until the end. Additionally, my thoughts simply appears to open up once I listen to song. Specifically if it isn't too dance, however calm and electronic. Me and my buddy did an experiment in which we both wrote a innovative writing piece even as song was playing, and then another when there wasn't.



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amelia88

I think when I do listen to music on the odd occasion that's the biggest benefit. It's like I don't realize how much time has passed when I'm listening to music and as a result I can work for longer. That's a pretty great benefit to me - extra productivity!



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superlicca

I don't like listening to music when I am writing. I feel like I will lose my attention and will just focus on the music. I prefer to write in a quiet place and concentrate to write a better content. Listening to music is something that I love to do but it needs a perfect time.



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Barida

There are few of us that are writers that always enjoy working and writing when the music is on. This is the only way that I can get to feel okay and fine. Listening to music also makes me feel motivated as well.



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jaymish

I do.I listen to alot of music. This makes writing much easier. I listen to rock music and this helps with my typing speed because I type according to the beats. Music makes working much more enjoyable. Sometimes you forget that you are working especially if you are listening to good music, you also start to enjoy the music and the environment. In some offices they listen to music to be more productive.



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Barida

That's right as I have noticed that I write better when the songs are playing. I get a lot of motivation from the songs that I play as well which is pretty nice for me.



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jaybee19

Definitely. Music is the only thing that makes me awake because I actually get sleepy whenever I write similar to when I read books. It's actually a big problem of mine and thanks to music I am able to overcome such problem. I'm actually more of a speaker and sometimes when I have an idea that I want to write about, I don't jot it down but instead I record my voice on my phone. However, there are certain types of music that I can't listen to whenever I'm writing and those are Rock music and Hip-Hop with full of rap parts because it kind of distracts me.



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mcnasci24

What an interesting process you described, where you record yourself. I hate the sound of my voice, so I've never tried that. I'm more of the writing type. But, if it works for you, that is so awesome.



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jaybee19

Thanks. I actually also hate myself because it's really awkward to hear my own voice especially that it's a bit feminine and softy which is definitely unpleasant to my ears because I sound so gayish a lot. However, because I don't have a choice, I just endure itbecause I would really have a hard time if I don't.



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esteban123

I love to hear music because I am music lover too but then I just finished first my article writing whenever I want to listen with some music since I don't want to be distracted with what I am doing. I need to focus so that I can come up with a better ideas. It makes me relax hearing the sweet sound of music after doing my work which is really good to have since I can easily feel asleep.



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Barida

There are two times that I always enjoy my music and one of them is when I am making contents. Listening to some songs always give me that super feeling that I won't gas out till I am done with what I am writing.



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EfficientNinja

I also listen to music whenever I write. This keeps my mind fresh and keeps me from getting bored. I always put my whole playlist on shuffle so I'll be surprised by the songs because there are many genres in my songs playlist. I'll just skip songs if I am tired of it but eventually I'll listen to them so I don't delete them from my playlist.



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Barida

I play all kinds of music when I am writing right from. The soft songs to the high bass songs and end it with rap. It is like an energy to me and a good way for me to keep doing great write-ups.



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DenisP

I do listen to music while I write, but not the typical kind of music that most people might think. While writing, I can’t listen to anything with a fast tempo or any sort of melody because I feel that it throws off my concentration. However, writing in total silence also makes the process feel incredibly long and tedious sometimes.

In order to find a comfortable balance between concentration and entertainment, I listen to ambient or atmospheric music. It’s the kind of music without any real melodies or beats, but just has these shifting tones and echoes. It’s similar to the music I use to meditate to.



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TheArticulate

Instrumental music really puts me in a mood to create, which I've used to my advantage since early college. I used to put on God Is An Astronaut or some of Buckethead's more acoustic stuff when I wanted to buckle down and write a paper or even study for class. Working in total silence can get unnerving for me, too.

What sort of atmospheric music do you listen to? Like a curated playlist, or do you have go-to artists you work and meditate to?



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DenisP

I can’t say that I have any go-to artists in particular. I mostly just look up random videos on YouTube and click through stuff that suits my fancy. I then bookmark them and basically pick them at random. For example, today while I did my work, I was listening to a track on YouTube with Tibetan singing bowls and some rain sounds in the background.

That brings me to another point I forgot to mention, sometimes I just put on some white noise instead of any music. Rain, ocean waves, wind blowing, a ticking grandfather clock; basically anything that has a rhythmic nature to it and managed to both drown out the deafening silence of writing alone in a room, and drown out any outside noise that might be distracting.

As I'm typing this, I just realized there is in fact an artist that I regularly return to, and his name is Kip Mazuy. If you've heard of the Calm meditation app, he has his music featured on there. Almost all of his work is that very echoey, atmospheric, ambient genre that both relaxes and helps with concentration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeSX83QtPUI



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Judas2018

Sure. Who doesn't? It helps your flow of ideas and gets you into a certain frame of mind you need to write better. Sometimes I deviate between playing music in my home, and just having it playing in my ears through my headphones while I'm writing.



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Barida

I don't feel comfortable playing songs with the headphones when I write. My doctor has warned me about the dangers of this kind of act and that is one reason that I stay away from doing so.



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burgosmichael24

Listening to music while working is a good factor to set your mood. However, this is not applicable for everyone. Some people can get inspired listening to music while working while some people get distracted. I love listening to music too but in some cases it distracts me.



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TheArticulate

I absolutely love discovering new music, and for this reason, I tend to listen to music that I'm really familiar with while I'm working. If I'm listening to a discovery playlist or something I've never heard before, I'm typically more inclined to listen to what's playing to see if I like it, which can be really distracting.

I could see how this could work the opposite way for other, however. You're definitely right: it's all about personal preference.



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esteban123

I think I am only listening to music whenever I am working on some bitcoin faucets since It does not require so much focus or concentration. I can really focus well on that site since it is very enjoyable to claim to some faucets while listening to music but I was not able to do it to some article writing sites.



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Barida

There are people that a little noise when they are writing can distract them and I think that you are one of them. It is advisable that you do your writings in some cool places where you will feel less pressure doing so as well.



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TheArticulate

Music has played a huge role in my life for a long while, and as a result, I find myself listening to music almost any time I'm doing something doesn't require me to listen to audio. So in short, yes, I tend to listen to music while I write! I'll usually turn on a playlist that I'm familiar with or an album that I've listened to for a long while, that way it doesn't distract me too much, but otherwise I think it really helps me out!



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Barida

Putting the volume to a lower level when you write can as well help you to handle things. It is all about finding the right balance with the pleasure that the songs bring and putting in the work that has to do with writing.



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ajahcuizon

I definitely love writing while listening to music. It brightens up my mood and helps me think of more ideas. It gives me energy to work and lets me feel that I could do it. It is like giving me my own creative open space that I could use to think of different ideas that I could work on. Listening to music while writing is something that is really effective for me.



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Judas2018

@ajahcuizon This is very true. Sometimes, when I sit down to write - the creative juices aren't flowing like I wish they were. So I turn on some music, and a few moments later it's practically a waterfall of ideas and epiphanies.



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ajahcuizon

True. It is like a thing that triggers our mind to function. That suddenly, ideas would came up flowing into our mind. It also helps us to be awake and not to get bored while writing. I just keep it in an average volume so that it will not disturb me that much.



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csk81

I write while listening to music that I think my characters would enjoy/need to hear in the moment. Also, listening to an entire album at a time helps me lose myself in the task because it helps me keep track of time. I don’t need to keep looking down at the clock so I don’t accidentally skip lunch or other important life things. Whenever an album ends is when I check the time. Then I find another and keep going



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Steve5

That's cool. I'm not really an album person. I find that I only enjoy the best songs in any given album. It's rare to find an album where you like all the songs included. I kind of cringe at tracks that fall behind the quality of the best songs there.



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rlfinnash

I have to have a quiet, peaceful surrounding when I am writing anything. If music is going on in the background, while I am trying to write, it distracts me. I enjoy listening to music thou, not while working. If you can write and listen to music at the same time, that is wonderful.



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Steve5

Oh, that's unfortunate. I guess not all of us can do that. So I know the feeling of being able to write while listening to music. It's a very different experience. There are good days and bad days. Sometimes you have to turn off the music because you're just not feeling it.



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Judas2018

That's true. But there are also days for me, where I can listen to the same song or track on loop and it really injects a much needed boost into my writing energies for the day.



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Steve5

Good for you. I don't enjoy listening to the same track over and over. I quickly lose interest. That's why I usually listen to instrumentals. Because they're more suitable for writing.



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NerdIndeed

I agree people who can stay focused writing while listening to music are amazing. I can't do it myself and same as you are, I also needed a quiet surrounding to get my thoughts in order.



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cks003

On the contrary, I find turning the music on while writing creates distraction and may cause me to lose focus. But I certainly agree that some people have different opinion on this, as I observe some of my colleagues who like to engage in other activities while writing. For example, some of them like to eat, chit chatting online etc while writing. To me those activities are very distractive.



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Steve5

It's really different for each person. I'm more on the okay side of things. But I understand how silence can be more beneficial for those of us who prefer it. It's something that gives you space to think and write as you go.



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luv2xacosta

Most of the times music makes day productive actually. Every time I am out of ideas or words, when working with music, ideas will just pop out of nowhere. Maybe because music helps us to calm down and relax. Compared to working without music as I observe I tend to panic or always out of ideas.



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NerdIndeed

As for me, I can't write with music playing on the background. If I'm proofreading it already, yeah sure, but if I'm still under the thought process, I can't. I needed to stay focused, and somehow music or any background noises distract me from doing it.



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iambeth

I seldom listen to music when I'm writing because it distracts me. I tend to sing with the music and forget what I'm doing. That's why I like to write at times when there is minimal noise and movement around me.



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mhingnhormz

I love playing music, but when writing? I am not used to play music while writing because i heard a music specially if i love that king of song, my attention will divert in to it. I can't concentrate in writings when I heard a music because my attention will be focus more on what I've heard.



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romyter013

Definitely and a must for me to play my jazz music while writing or finishing any any work for the day. It helps me think more, relax and it give me more motivation once i hear my favourite song and the rhythm really helps me to get the track all the time.



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amelia88

You know, usually I gravitate towards silence to limit distractions. However, in saying that if I had to pick a music genre to listen to while I worked, I'd pick jazz or classical. Something about those styles of music seems to trigger my brain into work-mode.



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theresajane

I agree with you. I also love jazz music. sometimes, when I write, I prefer listening to jazz music. It works like magic to me as my brain relaxes and can think well.



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agbuyarashel

No.
I prefer not hearing anything at all, I love working and writing in silence because I can focus more and my brain works better without any distractions.
Even when I'm reviewing for my exams I still don't listen to music because I get distracted easily.



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mcnasci24

In my case, I usually don't write with music. Nevertheless, I must confess that the times I have tried to, the muses have behaved very well. Normally I put a song in a loop, a song that conveys what I want to put on paper because, yes, I do believe that it influences our writing. If we listen to a sad song, we will be predisposed to write something sad. You can play with it: put songs at random and let them spin the story. Or, on the contrary, to know very well what is the writing goal and choose the right song for it, to help us get into the environment we want to create.



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Einalem

As for me, I don't listen to music when writing. I find it hard to focus and concentrate with what am I doing. I would love to appreciate the music and at the same time will try to compose a meaningful and precise written works expressed with the right words. In my case, listening to music when writing may be confusing.



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knnon

Listening to music while writing works very well for me. Ideas flow freely and I'm more relaxed when I have the music on. I listen to classical music, piano covers, and violin covers, any other genre of music would just distract me from writing.



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kaushikangara

No, I don't. Human mind is accustomed to do only one thing at a time. You will end up focusing on only thing, either listen to the music or write. Doing both the things at one time will only lead to more distraction and will affect your writing. For an aspiring writer, silence and peace in the environment is very important and is essential for a write up to end without any hassles.



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koki12346

Yeah. Music inspires me a lot, even when I am not writing I listed to music to get inspired. i think that the right kind of music can inspire you a lot.



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Wenkx03

Yes I do. I'm listening to the sound of calm raindrops from YouTube. It helps my mind calm and open to any ideas that pop in.



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gutzman

I always listen to music while doing things I like. Sometimes I get inspired with the message of the song or the beat of the music which makes me come up with new ideas to write. It is also a form of relaxation for me to refresh my mind but I choose the songs. I don't listen to any song. I only listen to relaxing music and inspirational ones. Once I'm done, that's the time I can listen to any kind of song.



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rose61

It depends on the type of music. Listening to loud music while writing can be a bit confusing. The mind should experience some peace in order for ideas to flow.I listen to soft, slow music when writing.



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romyter013

Many of us have our kind of music we play that really suits our day. I love listening to radio when I was a kid. Influenced of my family actually. Before I thought mellow songs are best already that I ever heard. Then My brother introduced me his jazz collection and I was like this is the best of the best! Its really great to see and know people listened to jazz specially when working or while writing, because not all people appreciate this kind of genre.



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rlpzbeermoney

I prefer not hearing anything. As silent as possible. It's just me and my own thoughts when writing. That way, I could compose the writing without any distraction. It also helps me get into the zone (Writing for a very long time without any stop).



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cjctm11

I usually listen to music while writing and it gives me the vibes to be positive and to write more. Listening to music while writing was like a stress reliever for me personally after a very long duty at work. I only listen to the songs of Bob marley but in a very low volume only.



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jaymish

I agree@cjctm11 listening to music while writing gets those positive vibes flowing. As I'm writing this I'm listening to music. This helps to feel relaxed and gives me great ideas because I'm in a good mood just listening to Camila Cabello whom I absolutely love. I've had a long day and am really tired but listening to the music really helps me relax and focus, I even forget that I'm writing and am really enjoying myself.



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davedaot04

Sometimes I do, I get emotional when I'm listening to music and that's a great way to make me have more ideas, I can't really explain how it works but maybe subconsciously every single song the music and the lyrics hits our brain on a deeper level that results to words being written and that's amazing too but I don't really do it all the time sometimes I just prefer quietness because when my brain is more relax then it's easier for me to get in a state of flow where I just write stuffs without consciously think of it, it just goes out naturally.



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antonToledo

I never tried listening to music while writing, but after reading some of this reply maybe I'll try and see if it actually suit me, but I think listing to loud music can tend to distract me when writing because when I write I would want my environment to be silent and peaceful as possible because I tend to be distracted easily.



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jessie271

I usually listen to soft, calming, instrumental music and not something that is harsh and loud. Soft Instrumental music makes me think more clearly. I feel relaxed and more ideas are coming into my mind. It's like it's opening my mind and helping out my brain cells to think. It also makes me motivated to write.



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