Does White Noise / Ambient Sound Actually Help Your Writing? – Steve Boseley

Reblogged from Steve Boseley:

Silence can be a distraction. Quiet Please sign

Bear with me whilst I qualify that statement. When I’m writing, silence can be a distraction.

It might be a cliche, but writers and coffee shops go together like James T kirk and Doctor Spock, Harry Potter and Quiditch, Psycho and shower curtains. Ever wondered why that may be the case?

Well, for some, writing in silence may be necessary – I sometimes read my work out loud, which I find helps me to pick up any obvious errors, double words, missed words, poor dialogue. I personally find that difficult when I’ve got Sam Cooke singing in my headphones.

But anyway, is silence really ever silence? Depending where you write, there may be a background hubbub, traffic outside, children in another room, shoppers buying their coffee, or perhaps you struggle with tinnitus and there is always something going on in your ears when you stop and pay attention.

All that being said, should we even ever strive for silence? Well, there are several schools of thought on that very subject…

Continue reading at Steve Boseley

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
This entry was posted in reblog and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

15 Responses to Does White Noise / Ambient Sound Actually Help Your Writing? – Steve Boseley

  1. Mike says:

    I usually write in silence – no radio, windows shut, all by myself. For years, I thought I had to have it that way. Then one day, when my wife and I traveled to see family, I wrote while my wife drove. She had the radio going (the driver, like the captain of a ship, decides whether to maintain radio silence). And of course, there are the distractions of cars zooming past, the bumps in the roads, and the occasional salty comment from my wife about other people’s driving skills. But I zipped off several pages of good first draft. What a pleasant surprise! Now I never miss the opportunity to write when we travel.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sue Vincent says:

      I’m always the driver, but I write in my mind a lot of the time. There is no silence where I live, with the constant hum of machines around the home, but it is quiet and I generally have the doors open for the dog. No music… but always birdsong, and in summer, there are cows 🙂


    • My wife doesn’t drive, so i could either let her have a go at driving, or i could write while i drive. Not sure which i prefer!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come see if you agree with “Does White Noise Ambient Sound Actually Help Your Writing”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Widdershins says:

    Short version – YMMV (Your Mileage May Very) 😀

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.