It’s not unusual to see authors posting their playlists. Music often helps them get into the proper mood for writing. Some writers have different playlists for each of their manuscripts. Some even use a different list for each chapter. I, however, don’t even have one playlist. For me, music and writing just don’t mix well.
It’s not that I don’t like music, but when I write, I zone out completely. Readers enter a fictive dream when they read, but when I write, I enter a fictive world every bit as deep. And once I enter that world, I’m oblivious to everything around me. I often don’t notice other people entering the room and I’ll jump at any reasonably loud noise.
Anything that pulls me out of that fictive world slows down my writing, and music does that to me. I tried writing to music years ago, but quickly found that if I liked a song well enough to put it into my playlist, my mind would focus on the music instead of the words in front of me. I’ve tried listening to soft, ambient channels on Pandora, but it seemed like every time a new song would play, my brain would forget about what the MC should be doing and concentrate on whether I should be giving the song a thumbs up or thumbs down. Arg!
Apparently, the only music I can listen to while writing is music I don’t like, which kind of defeats the purpose. I do occasionally listen to Anugama (very, VERY ambient), although mostly while driving to and from work, when I spend the time running scenes over and over again in my head. And sometimes I listen to recordings of thunderstorms when I write.
But real songs? No way!
Do any of you have a similar problem? What kind of music do you listen to?