johnpalumbo:

My book dedication.

johnpalumbo:

My book dedication.

I write because nobody listens.

kindrexlove:

Anyone have tips on improving your writing/poetry skills?

I wish to become a better writer/poet.

Every single day I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice on how to become a writer and here is the only advice I can give: don’t make stuff because you want to make money, it will never make you enough money. Don’t make stuff because you want to get famous, because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people, and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice. Maybe they will notice how hard you worked and maybe they won’t. And if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But ultimately that doesn’t change anything because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.
John Green
Laura Marling's new album goes from mellow to intense about 6 times over, it's good for writing, and The Mountain Goats have some damn surprisingly beautiful music. I recommend giving Broom People, The Mess Inside, and Maybe Sprout Wings a listen.

Thanks!

When I'm just writing I have sort of a light rock "folk" station on Pandora that's mostly Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell type stuff. When I'm focused on the music specifically for inspiration there's a ton of different stuff... Dramatic music especially, like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, showtunes, soundtracks, songs with a big build-up or an emotional subject matter. Sorry I can't really name a song or bands; I use a mishmash of things that all create a picture in my head or strong emotions.

Soundtracks seem to be popular for writers, yeah. Scores do seem like a good option. Usually I do go for more folk, though.

Will this ever blog be up and running again? It used to be my favorite.
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I think part of the reason I procrastinate on this blog is because when I log in, my anxiety sky-rockets and I constantly wonder if you all hate me/are judging me. I’m working on changing that. Thank you though.

All of Daughtry's songs did it for me when I was writing my last story, but maybe that's also because they fit the theme. I always find like these 'soundtracks' for my stories, they fit perfectly and they give me loads of inspiration. xD
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Thanks haha

Mostly at the moment; Fleet Foxes, Nickel Creek, The Band Perry, Doc Watson, The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, The Tallest Man on Earth, Emmilou Harris, Bright Eyes (specifically the Fevers and Mirrors and I'm Wide Awake It's Morning albums,) The Wailing Jennys, Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Lady Antebellum, and the Zac Brown Band.

Thanks!

Music can't be anything too distracting or discordant or 'complex' to listen to so I listen to a lot of instrumentals, folk, classical and game scores. I now have two writing playlists, between them they hit around 70 hours of music so I never have to repeat a track.

Folk has always been good to me, yeah.

Bat For Lashes, or Mastadon usually put me in the mood to write. Once I start getting in the mood, I switch it over to Black Label Society, or SOiL.

Thanks!

I listen to the Blink 182 channel on Pandora. It has a nice variety of songs from the 90's - now but it usually filters out all the shitty stuff belonging to this generation. I would also recommend like everything from John Mayer, mostly his albums Continuum and Room For Sqaures c:

I have the blink-182 channel as well.

Of Monsters and Men and similar artists(whatever comes on the of monsters and men pandora station) works really well. I also listen to instrumental stuff like Vitamin String Quartet.

Thanks!