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April 2nd, 2006, 5:00 AM
Where do you have to be when writing your fics?
What about sound in the background?
Do you write on the computer or on paper?

Usually I prefer writing in my room, maybe looking outside, especially in the spring. I like to have music on too, country or classical. I write on a nice notebook I have with a four colored pen.

April 2nd, 2006, 5:26 AM
I write whenever, wherever. I have a blue notebook that contains my current fanfic, a purple folder that has my novel, and a three subject that has all my peoms. I have pencils EVERYWHERE! (Seriously, I found one in my underwear drawer this morning...) The backround never matters because I tend to space out when I'm writing. *giggles* Yay for selective hearing!

April 2nd, 2006, 5:29 AM
I write fanfics on the computer, but regular stuff on paper, for some strange reason. @[email protected] Music's good, but not required. Preferred though. Just my regular playlist - punk, rock and emo.

Songwriting is pretty much -always- on paper. There are notebooks and pencils all over my room... and musical instruments, too. @[email protected]

April 2nd, 2006, 6:15 AM
Often I write the stories I'm not so sure about or that I think up in my spare time on paper... because often I don't put them on the computer. I write the stuff I'm sure I'll put on Fanfiction.net or here on the computer, no sense to be rewriting it for the computer ^^;

I never really pay attention to anything in the background. Usually, it's nighttime at 10:00 and I am just writing in my bed.

April 2nd, 2006, 7:01 AM
I write on paper so that when I retype it I edit and revise it. Editing and revising is my weak point, so it helps alot.

April 2nd, 2006, 7:04 AM
Generally, when I'm writing, I'm downstairs in my very chaotic room with my very chaotic desk. All very messy and I like it! >=D

In the background I'll usually have music going, preferably that fits with the mood of my story. I'm usually spacing out when I listen to music, though. ^^; I like to keep it on because if I do accidentally not space out, it'll feel way too quiet and it drives me nuts.

Lastly, I almost ALWAYS write straight on the computer. I've noticed that anything I write on paper first is a little...ewww...I get lazy when writing on paper and I just can't write as fast as I think, so my writing is confusing and...yeah...On the computer, however, I can almost type as fast as I think, so my ideas don't turn into random jumbles and it all sounds about ten million times better.

April 2nd, 2006, 7:19 AM
I type all my stories...my penmanship is simply too messy. Besides, the work always gets exceptionally tedious.

I can never successfully write with music on. o.o Music, to me, has this message that must be followed/written at all costs. Every single tiny note of it must incorporate a word, thus resulting me in typing away furiously, trying to keep pace. xD Never works~

Poetry/Lyrics I do well on paper (or the corners of my notes in some random binder).

April 2nd, 2006, 11:41 AM
I usually start writing on paper, in whatever notebook I have at the time, but it usually doesn't get me very far. The times I use paper are usually the times where that's the only thing available, so I often end up re-typing it all up and finishing the job on Word. Where? Most of the time I write in my room, because I have this awesome window right above my desk where I'll put my laptop and just look out at the sunset. I do listen to some music or the most recent video game related podcast I downloaded... XD But sometimes it gets distracting and my writing runs itself into a wall. Yeeft.

And sceptile2G, you are awesome- country or classical? I thought I was the only one! ^_^ I was worried that the world had lost all tate with all its depresso-thon music...[/tangent] XD

Crystal Clair
April 2nd, 2006, 1:50 PM
And sceptile2G, you are awesome- country or classical? I thought I was the only one! ^_^ I was worried that the world had lost all tate with all its depresso-thon music...[/tangent] XD
Actually I'll gladly listen to the closest thing to country or classical while I'm writing but usually I like it quiet
I always write in my bed, with my laptop (which is what I'm doing right now). I hate writing with a pencil because it makes me hand tired, I cant erase mistakes nearly as easy, it's so slow and I hate my handwriting. I'm a super fast typer and almost nevr (I mean never) make mistakes.

April 2nd, 2006, 2:02 PM
I type everything straight to the computer if at all possible. I take long enough to write something as is, and the fact that I write ridiculously slower by hand makes writing to paper (and then having to retype later) extremely efficient. The computer being right outside my room at the top of the stairs, that's where I do all my writing.

I may or may not listen to music; usually, it has little relevance to what I'm typing, since when I get going I don't notice anything in the background. It doesn't really matter what I listen to, so I just pop in whatever I feel like or whatever's already in the computer.

April 2nd, 2006, 4:03 PM
I usually write in study hall at school. Unless my homework isn't done. But usually I can't finish my fanfics, so no one gets to see them. I'd love to actually finish a fanfic one day. xD;; I wrote a two pager fanfic(front and backs) on Friday, but of course it's not finished. I'd love to write with music on.. But if I bring my CD player to school I'm afraid it'll get stolen.

April 2nd, 2006, 4:08 PM
I always seem to type my stuff on the computer. I can't write it well...it just doesn't come to me there. Like no inspiration at all comes on paper. And it's gotta be completely quiet. Otherwise, I'll subconsciously rip off whatever I'm listening to. I'm not lying here...I sometimes type whole lyrics to songs accidentally and then realize it and be like "Ah crap". XD

JX Valentine
April 2nd, 2006, 5:25 PM
When I write, I can't be in my room. Seriously. I seem to write best or conceive the quirkiest ideas in either the shower or someplace else (especially at someone else's house). When I get an idea, I like to write the first part of it in a notebook or whatever other paper I have, and when I'm done or near a computer, I transfer all of my ideas (with some editing along the way) into a word processor. Therefore, my stories are usually 50% handwritten first.

I also can't have music in the background. It's too much of a distraction. Occasionally, I can write stories inspired by music (One of my best was spawned from four different songs.), but I just can't sit down and actually write while music is being played in the background.

April 3rd, 2006, 10:36 AM
I always write on the computer... I got a story on the internet about pokemon... I have maked it with my friend. But we think about ti in summer vacation and type it out in the autumn and put it on the internet... But making it outside also sounds good.. But under the shower!?!

Hmph.. I got to sleep now anyway.

Saffire Persian
April 16th, 2006, 5:44 PM
I don't think I could ever write my stories on paper, ever. I have extremely notorious bad-handwriting and sometimes I can't even decipher my own writing. I only write on paper when I have a line or two stuck in my head that I have to get out lest it be lost forever. Otherwise, I just type it, as I'm a ton faster typing and it's just easy in that way. As for music, almost always yes. Granted, I'm not the type for "lyricy" music, with only a few exceptions. I prefer listening to instrumental music from animé and video games and movies. ^_^ It helps me write.

May 3rd, 2006, 6:38 PM
Me, I type. Usually, its busy. I'm typing up a report, eating, playing video games, etc. but usually, i type fan fics. As of now, I'm finetuning one to post here. Music... eh, I don't listen to music a lot, but if I do, it's Gorillaz, or Linkin Park, or something.

May 4th, 2006, 5:46 AM
I write anywhere...no need to be picky...Once I wrote a fanfic while hanging upside-down from a tree(no lie). Inspiration can come at any time, any place, so I try to bring pencil and notebook wherever I go.

You probably would not be familiar with my fics(only the ones I shared on here back when I was a n00b...), but there are some I have yet to share with the public.

May 4th, 2006, 7:32 PM
I have two notebooks that I write in, one for one-shots and the other for my chaptered fics. Usually one of the two comes out during class, specifically U.S. History and Psychology. Because one is hella boring and the other I hate the teacher. =D Sometimes in Physics too, yeah.

Hell, all classes really. >>;

As for music, it's a given; I'm an Ipod whor- yeah. ^_^ It's a bad combination because I space out a lot when I have both of them out.

May 4th, 2006, 8:16 PM
I write first on paper. I always have some sort of notebook and pen with me. Even in work. Inspiration could strike me at anytime. Besides, nothing says writing like the pen in your hand, the paper in front of you, and the blood on your forehead. (o_O;) It's easier to edit then too. I love the sight of all that evil red ink.

I write anywhere. Even in my backyard, sitting on the deck steps. Mostly I write in school though. When class gets out early, I sit at a little table in an alcove, the sun streaming in on to the paper. It's beautiful.

I listen to what's ever in my CD player. Mostly, like now, it's Phil Collins. Sometimes Aerosmith, sometimes Gordon Lightfoot, sometimes-but rarely-it's Japanese. Or else I listen to a mix tape of my favorite songs.

June 2nd, 2006, 12:26 PM
I used to write my storie on paper, and still do if a computer is no way near. But I prefer to type, now. It's easier to edit. XD

Music? None. It distracts me. XD

June 2nd, 2006, 12:47 PM
I tend to write fanfics on the computer, because I usually post them up quicker than I do with original work. Other stuff (excepting the occasional poem) I tend to handwrite. the authentic feel, all that jazz. Either way, music helps me write. When writing, I almost exclusively listen to classical, with the occasional trance piece. My current favorite is "Piano Concerto in A Minor" by Grieg. I find that it has the range of emotion that I typically need.

As for background, I need a hard surface to write. There's a table in my room that I love for this, I can have my music playing full blast, paper cluttering the table, all sorts of fun, seemingly eccentric stuff.

June 2nd, 2006, 12:51 PM
Ah, blast. *kicks self* Didn't realise this was over a month old... Sorry!

JX Valentine
June 3rd, 2006, 9:17 AM
Ah, blast. *kicks self* Didn't realise this was over a month old... Sorry!

If it's any comfort to you, it's technically not a month old until two days from now.

Bay Alexison
June 3rd, 2006, 10:00 AM
I mostly write my stories in my room. All of the other places from my living room to school would distract me.

I write my stories mostly on computer. At first I wrote one story in notebook, but then I decided to not write in notebook since my handwriting is really bad. If I were to see my edits in handwriting, even I can't understand them. At least in computer I can edit my mistakes easier.

Usually when I write I would either turn or the radio or listen to my iPod. If I were to write when quiet, I might fall fast asleep or probably think of something else besides writing. (I am weird like that).

June 4th, 2006, 8:09 AM
If it's any comfort to you, it's technically not a month old until two days from now.

XD I thought it was the sixth again.

June 4th, 2006, 4:43 PM
I like to write with some light, I suppose. I used to work in the dark, but it hurt my eyes too much ><; I usually type unless I have to absolutely write it down in a notebook because I am terribly slow at writing @[email protected] When I do get the chance to write on my laptop or in a notebook, I go to places where I can draw inspiration for my setting, or listen to music without words that inspire the mood. I can't listen to music with words or it distracts me @[email protected]

w00t, first post on PC. Hopefully I'll become a regular here and not just Serebii :3

June 4th, 2006, 5:22 PM
Chesh! *hugs* Welcome to PC!

XD I used to read in the car at night, using the occasional lamp post speeding by to read. As you'd expect, it didn't do wonders for my eyes. XD

June 8th, 2006, 6:05 PM
Where do you have to be when writing your fics?
I don't have to be any certain place when writing really, anywhere is fine.

What about sound in the background?
Nothing, I don't like sound when I'm writing.

Do you write on the computer or on paper?
I write my beganings on paper, the rest on the computer using voice recognition software.
I can type but I can't spell worth anything so the software is like a breath of fresh air...

June 8th, 2006, 6:28 PM
I like to type out my work--it's quicker that way and easier to edit.

in terms of music, I like to have it on while I'm working, because I can visualize what is happening as the music plays (if it's an instrumental) or visualize who's singing it (if it has vocals)

As for what's usually on, it can be anything from 80's/90's pop (like I have on right now), anime and game music (particularly music from Dance Dance Revolution), some of my cartoon OSTs (usually the OST from the 80's cartoon "Jem", if I'm writing "Kochou and the Beautiflies"), to a Celtic number.

I have been inspired by music--a 50's rock song inspired a humorous scene in one of my early fics. (PM me if you wanna know the full story)

August 1st, 2006, 5:22 PM
I just write my fanfics in bed..watching Tv, doesnt matter.With my electronic keyboard there are no worries. I usually get ideas when im sleeping and the next morning i make sure to get down small notes..it helps. Listening to music only helps if im sleeping because thats how i grow ideas..rock usually helps a lot. I try to type almost every day, but sometimes ideas just dont come..