College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
CSI Campus

  Harry Thorne,
  WAC Coordinator
  Office: Building 2S Rm 227
  Email WAC

Writing Across the Curriculum/
Writing in the Disciplines
for Students

 Find the Right Noise (or Silence)

Some people I know need a very quiet place to work. Other folks tell me that they really need to listen to music as they write just so that they aren’t distracted by all of the thoughts in their heads. One of my friends listens to instrumental music because he needs some noise, but he finds that music with words makes his brain start to fry if he’s reading or writing, too. As far as work noise, just go with whatever works for you, and don’t feel bad if you really like doing the opposite of what your 10th grade writing teacher said to do. I wrote every paper in college and the beginning of grad school with the help of rap music—with the bass turned way up. If your noise strategy works for you, just go with it.

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