Audio Book vs Music When Being Creative

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What works best for you to get in the zone?

When I’m working on art, whether it’s painting or drawing in a sketchbook, I will listen to my highly-modified Colbie Calliet station on Pandora or an audio book. I’m not really listening to the words. It’s more like white noise, blocking out the distracting noises of a cafe or house so I can focus on what I’m producing.

But when I’m writing, I can only listen to instrumental music. Words in the song or audio book distract me, taking place of the words I’m typing on the page.

How do you get into the zone? Do you need to listen to anything at all, or always need something to block you into focus?

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