Typically, our posts on Two Writing Teachers provide answers to commonly asked questions and we share tried-and-true strategies.
This post is not like that. Instead, in this post, I am asking questions.
Questions like, “What are binaural beats? Why do they help my migraines?”
“Is it true that people really are more relaxed and creative when they listen to binaural beats?”
“Can I achieve a flow state by listening to binaural beats?” Because if I can, that sounds very, very cool.
Here’s an example of binaural beats. Have a listen.
Binaural beats are sound frequencies that can stimulate the brain and can improve cognitive function. By listening to the beats while writing, (supposedly) writers can increase their productivity and output. Binaural beats could help writers enter a state of flow, where they are fully immersed in their work and able to produce more content in less time.
You may have heard the phrase “flow state.” Entering a flow state means that you are so absorbed and engaged in a task, that time flies by, and you don’t notice distractions or interruptions. In a flow state, you create and generate more and are more creative than you might be otherwise. Artists, athletes, writers, and musicians are all often described as entering a flow state when they are performing or functioning at their very best, without having to think at all.
Personally, I’m skeptical of the effectiveness of binaural beats in producing a flow state, but hey, there’s no harm in trying. Some studies have shown that listening to certain frequencies can improve memory retention, concentration, and overall cognitive function. So maybe there is something to it.
What do you think? Have you tried it? Do you like it? Have you found something even better? I still have so many questions.
4 thoughts on “Binaural Beats to Boost Writing?”
As a neurodivergent person I can attest to the effectiveness of binaural beats for my own focus. I have a whole playlist of ADHD focus music that I play when I find myself being distracted and it really works. You can get pre-made play lists on YouTube and Spotify. I use both.
Maybe it’s like the Comic Sans Trick? (For anyone reading this who doesn’t know that post of Beth’s, you can read it at https://twowritingteachers.org/2019/02/28/the-comic-sans-trick/.) Whatever works, right? As Shelly said, above, there’s no harm in trying!
I’ve been listening to a LOT of Lo-fi Hip Hop girl (YouTube station) when I write. It relaxes me which is the best state for writing, imo. I feel like it’s also a conditioned signal for my brain, saying “Let’s go!” Switching out of whatever other stuff I was thinking about. I haven’t tried binaural beats per se during writing. But my friend sent me this awhile ago and listening makes me feel AMAZING for some reason. 😛 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv5_Qopqt9M
“Personally, I’m skeptical of the effectiveness of binaural beats in producing a flow state, but hey, there’s no harm in trying.” I love your honesty. I usually have some kind of study music on during our writing time. I agree with you, but I will give this a try…no harm in that!
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