nanowrimo, writing

Writing: Background Noise

Beyond Books

As we’re now halfway through 2019’s April Camp NanoWrimo and I — for possibly the first time — am actually on track and keeping up, I thought I’d share a short writing-related post.

I’m really picky when it comes to background noise while I’m writing. TV and movies are far too distracting, as is any music with lyrics. But, at the same time, I find complete silence far too oppressive. At the moment my favourite thing to listen to is the almost unnoticeable, white-noise of “ASMR rooms”.

Here are a few of my favourite places to find them.



This is the perfect coffee shop loop. The free version offers 3 different tracks, each slightly different. I love writing in coffee shops but this is almost even better since I don’t get distracted by other people’s conversations. The free version is a little limiting, but if you’re willing too pay there are more options available.


Ambient Mixer.

This site has so many options! They’re user submitted so you’ll have to have a good dig around but there’s everything from nature sounds, to pirate ships, to rooms inspired by movies, games and series.

Here’s a couple of my favourites.

The Hufflepuff Common Room — Even my Slytherin-heart loves this. It’s the coziest common room in Hogwarts!
[Chimney, Clock, Chatter, Purring, Writing, Page flipping and Walking]

Howls Moving Castle —Β This is perfect for feeling like you in a hidden away, magic fantasy. It goes really well with Howl’s theme, here.
[Quill Scribble, Bottle Clink, Squeaky Wooden Door, Walking on Wood Floor, Chimney fire, Creaking chair and Paper shuffle]

Spring Meadow — Perfect for this time of year!
[Distant birds, Grasshopper calls, Bees flying and leaves blowing in the wind]


ASMR Rooms on YouTube

This one really specialises in the fandom-themed atmospheres from Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings to video game mash-ups. The really nice thing is, as they’re videos there’s also nice little looped animations for each track.


Do you have something in particular you like to read or write to?

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