Drtanya@saltedcaramel runs and maintains a series entitled ‘Blogging Insights’
Blogging Insights 45# Ambience
Some people can write anytime and anywhere. Others require certain pre-requisites such as the appropriate setting before they can get their creativity going. In today’s Blogging Insights we discuss the necessity or otherwise of the right ambience for blogging.Salted Caramel – 07/09/20
What , in your opinion, is the perfect ambience for blogging / writing?
Are you able to work in this setting on a daily basis?
Do you feel that the ambience has any particular effect on the quality or quantity of your output?
|Below are examples of music l need playing in the background when my creativity is buzzing – l need them playing at a decible level that would make it difficult for two people in the same room to have a conversation. |
These types of music are needed for the bulk of poetry, stories, creative fiction and topical writing l create and where possible remixes, dance mixes and long play club mixes are better as they are a repeated beat for anything upward of 15 minutes which l use to pace myself and dance to at the same time – basically l let myself go and float into the words.
I need an eclectic mixture to set the ambience in my mind to the right level.
|What , in your opinion, is the perfect ambience for blogging / writing?|
l first really noticed my normal requirements for writing change back in January after the death of Scrappy. We used to listen to music most of the day back then. With the right music playing l could concentrate and allow my mind to react to the tunes and grooves and escape into the words l needed to write. The music would allow me to let myself go and dance in the chair or get up and dance, whilst the verses of say poetry formed in my head.
The setting for creative writing started to break by around March when lockdown started and Suze started to work from home. The music couldn’t be as loud as it was needed to slow my mind down and l struggle when listening to music with headphones on because it still needs to be loud.
Of course my ability to creatively write stopped dead by around mid April and by this time also my personal life was changing and so my motivation for creativity and wild imaginations were brought to an abrupt halt. At that point, very little music was playing in the house and instead my writing style switched to the creation of prompts and more topical writing.
In the last couple of weeks l have felt my creativity starting to reignite , l play more music freely and loudly. But also l don’t have the same level of stress that l did have back in the older property.
I am slowly coming back – and l am achieving this through bringing my house up to speed with my mind’s requirement for functionality and eclectism as well as aestheticness or directed aestheticity.
The above is an example of the stimulation my mind needs daily to create.
My mind needs music, colour, textures, visual stimulations, scented stimulations, exercise, photography, dancing and just letting myself go and so on – l suppose in many respects l hadn’t realised how much l was missing quirkiness until conventionality started to rule my world. But equally ‘stress’ is a real killer for me with regards creative writing.
But that’s just me – every individual is different – some can write with loud music, others with background music and others still with no music, some need stimulations, some just want to be left alone … but for me the secret to the right ambience is eclectic variety and stimuli and lots of it – l need my mind to be excited most of the time and actually turned on which can be interpreted by whoever however – but l need it to be sometimes the way that many might instantly think.
I seek stimulation all the time even in just intellectual conversation or harmless flirting and naughty talk. Creative Writing and imaginative poetry for me is a form of almost sensual foreplay … if my mind is ‘tickled’ so to speak then that is the perfect ambience for my writing.
|Are you able to work in this setting on a daily basis?|
If the ambience is spot on l can write however and whatever l wish to – yes, if it is not … then my writing is reflective my mood. In recent weeks, my relaxed and buzzed state of mind has returned in a small percentage and l am able to start writing poetry again and also … have the desire to respond to prompts. The more my house becomes a home and my quirkiness becomes apparent, the higher my creativity and imagination becomes.
|Do you feel that the ambience has any particular effect on the quality or quantity of your output?|
Okay so let me see quantity versus quality output ….. Quality first – if the ambience isn’t 100% it’s not that l cannot write l can, but l tend to be more reflective and topical and not so balanced whilst if the ambience is much better not only am l balanced again – but l have the wants and desires to write from many genres.
I try whenever l write whichever mood l am in – to write qualitable content – but writing is like much of everything else in the creative field – it is not a perfect art – we have to keep at it. I can’t write quality with every post – no one can. I have a postcard here that simply states “I like music more than l like people!” This is true for me …… when the music flows so too do my words.
Now with the quantity side – that is almost a different question in truth – a lot of things can affect the writing one does …… mood, ‘ambience’ and writing style, but also blogging style. If a writer for instance has a daily target of creating 10,000 words a day and no more – then that is their quota target. But that can be affected at times more so by mood than ambience … my interpretation only.
You might have the perfect ambience, but wake up with a different emotion for the day this means that your output will be potentially seriously reduced but also so too could your quality be.
I have greatly reduced my blog post publications over the last year. My target per day maximum is mostly three posts including The Hello which is fixed, so l am only truly producing two unique posts per day – but if l only ever have The Hello posted to the blog that day – l am no longer bothered by say the reduced statistics for that day.
So even with the right ambience for me it is not reflective per se on actual output. Life dictates the quantity.
My thanks to Tanya for the questions.