“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
Writing is a calling. Even if you don’t want to, you find yourself scribbling lines, taking note of stuff people say because you just might need it later. When I was younger, every time I watched shows on TV or I read a book, I always jotted down phrases and catchy lines. I never used them, I still don’t know why I did that, but I couldn’t help myself. Writing is like singing, while you can learn how to write and you can even have a bunch of good stories, there will be soul missing from the words strung together. It will seem forced. I have read many articles and books that got me thinking “did you really have to write” and I have also read some stuff that made me wish I was the author or at the very least, want to be best friends with the author. I saw somewhere once that a real writer doesn’t just want to write, they have to write.
To be a good writer, one has to be a good reader. They are kissing cousins. One without the other is incomplete.
On a regular day, I write in silence. I lose concentration even by the buzz of my phone so I leave it on silent mode. I like to write at midnight or dawn when everyone is asleep and the world seems quiet. However, some days writing feels like a chore instead of a hobby and it is just so tedious putting words down but they are scattered all over the place in my head. On days like these, I create a playlist and close my eyes for a few minutes and try to find a focus.
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I love music and everyone around me is well aware. I listen to all kinds of music but when I want to write I stay away from songs that would make me sing along.
I know loads of people who know how to write but cannot figure out how to begin. Here are some of my top favourites to listen to while writing. Minus putting me in a mood, they sort of act as bed music and I imagine I’m speaking my words to life as opposed to writing them.
Claire de lune by Claude Debussy
I see fire by ED Sheeran
Midnight Hymn by Yanni
With an Orchid by Yanni
Goodtime Charlies got the blues by Earl Klugh
Christina by Earl Klugh
The walk by Imogen Heap
Blue Dream by Jhene Aiko
Always in my Head by Coldplay
Be still by The Killers
Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
A day without rain by Enya
There is something about music and its therapy. It organises my thoughts and places my mind just where I need it to be. With the right selection, you can be anyone, go anywhere and do anything you want. I’m open to adding some more writing tunes to my playlist so kindly drop a song or 2 in the comment section and I will check it out. As long as it’s not “tungba music” hehehe
Peace and Love
Ms Ssygala, is the mother of two rambunctious kids and blogging is her last line to sanity
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