Here's the second question in response to my writing environment--
Do you need quiet [to write]? Does music help? If so what kind?
When I am writing new poems, sometimes I turn on music if I'm trouble moving forward.
Here's my favorite background music:
1) The Fray - How to Save a Life
***I do not know what it is about this group, but when I hear their songs, I write some pretty good lines.
This group has kind of a melancholy feel, so I would not play it if I wanted to write anything upbeat. But they are my #1 CD to write to.
****I love this movie and love the music from it. This is great music if I want feel as if I'm somewhere else. Most of it's upbeat sounding. Many less poems to slit-your-wrists-to are written way.
3) Everything But the Girl Language of Life
*****This is one of my all-time favorite albums, but I can only listen to it in the fall as it has such strong memories for me at the University of Washington and driving around the U-Distict in autumn.
But I love to use this as the opening album to my writing life, which truly begins in September.
Also, while I love music for creating new poems, I like silence when revising. I read my poems out loud and like to be deep in the poem without noise, so when I revise my work area is quiet.
Stay tuned for Monday's question and Part 3 ....