The Cost of Inspiration

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If your writing goals have become easier to reach, it might be time to raise them. I was able to consistently write 1000 words a day and raised it just recently. This happens to coincide with my desire to send more stories out to literary magazines. I’ve watched over the past few months as my husband cranked out submissions one after the other, all across the country and, in fact, all across the English-speaking world.

He inspired me to start sending my stories out again. Additionally, I get inspired is through music and photographs. I can take them as sensory prompts and write for quite a while. Normally, I don’t talk about music on a writing blog. Maybe you’re one of those who prefers total silence in order to work. I love music. I’ve listened to all of my personal collection so much, I’m pretty tired of it. So something like Pandora, where the station constantly updates is pretty cool. I hear fresh sounds and favorites quite a lot.

I don’t get anything tangible from Pandora except inspiration. They don’t pay me to say I love this or that track, or even tell you that you can get hours of uninterrupted music all day every day for the low price of 49.98. One really good piece of writing will pay for that. Actually, that must sound like a deal. The truth is, they just endured a price hike and I wasn’t very happy about it. That motivated me to look into some other streaming music sources.

I discovered I’ve become quite a snob about all of this music stuff. I don’t like commercials butting in (at twice the volume–how jarring!) and I despise short playlists that want me to keep picking what mood I’m in now after 5 or 10 songs. I don’t want to be bothered to pick another song… I priced some other venues only to discover that they want nearly double per year what I currently shell out.

I listen, on average, to 8 hours of music a day (which I assure you is conservative!) nearly 3000 hours a year. Rounding up to 50.00$ a year dividing by 3000 hours, I end up paying about one penny per hour. Suddenly, their prices didn’t seem so bad. Plus, no annoying interruptions. I can click the songs I don’t like up to three per hour or change stations anytime. A paid account lets me have up to 100 stations. That’s access to every genre and millions of songs.

Since listening to Pandora, I’ve completed my first two books, dozens of blog posts, countless short story starts, four that are finished and won two Nano Awards. I’ve published in half a dozen magazines.  I’m feeling a little happier about my music investment.

What are your inspiration sources? What do you invest in? What inspires you? Please let me hear from you!

 

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2 thoughts on “The Cost of Inspiration

  1. Seems to me a dedication to Pandora might be completely apropos when those pieces are published.

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