image credits: pixabay.com
What do you listen to when you write? Classical? Rock? Jazz?
Or do you need silence? Maybe the sounds of nature to coax the Muse out to play?
Do you listen to it loud? Do you channel your inner-teen, turn on some heavy metal, plug in some earbuds, and crank up the volume?
Or maybe you write with a cup of tea and soft music floating gently in the background?
Does music help or hurt your inspiration? Do lyrics get in the way or take you in a new and unexpected direction?
What are you listening to today–care to share?
I’ve set up playlists on my iphone – one for each story I’m currently writing. Each song means something to the story, whether it’s the lyrics or the mood of the melody.
I listen to Loreena McKennitt’s album “An Ancient Muse” while writing my Irish story, Summoned.
For Fairless, it’s the song “Flares”, by the Script, “Shatter Me” by Lindsey Stirling, and Ellie Goulding’s “Atlantis”.
For Drift, it’s music by Fall Out Boy- hard-driving, alternative rock.
And last, when I’m in the mood for mood music, I Youtube “Epic Music” and write to one of the most spectacular movie scores EVER (especially awesome for you YA fantasy writers out there).
My teenager accuses me with eye-rolls and a perpetual whiney Mooommmm that I’m treading on her toes, downloading some of these tunes. I assure her, without batting an eye that I AM! And I’m not apologizing. Not when this music inspires me to write.