What music or sounds do you write to? Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer credits Muse as a huge inspiration to her whilst she was writing her four-book saga, and Fiona Apple, The Clash, Sia and Queens of the Stone Age all feature on this list.
I personally prefer the sound of silence, with added chirp. I live in a village in Staffordshire, so bird song is my usual, natural soundtrack. I sometimes even get a tawny owl at night which is a rather lovely sound. I have to absorb myself in my story, the structure, the voices of my characters so to me, anything else is a distraction. And when it comes back to editing my work, it REALLY has to be quiet. As much as I’d love to catch up on my favourite artistes and new albums, I’d probably just block it out anyway. And I have a three year old…I write when she has gone to bed so I always have one ear out for her too.
Once again, it’s all about whatever works best for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. You may find you write best listening to Iron Maiden. Jazz. Classical. If you’re in a particular genre, plot or theme, your soundtrack may be your research; I’m sure Taylor Jenkins Reid’s recent triumph of Daisy Jones & The Six meant she was listening to some awesome Fleetwood Mac. Crank it up to eleven, or dial it down to a wood pigeon like me.