Some days I write in silence, but most days I’m writing in a place with a lot of unwelcome, ambient noise, either at home or at a cafe, so I put headphones in and listen to music.
I have a couple of playlists of my own making that I cycle through. I pretty much exclusively listen to music without any words since I tend to memorize lyrics and that can be distracting while writing.
I write mostly dark/high fantasy so I draw most of my music for my playlists from movie scores and video game soundtracks. I have a master playlist which is just a mix of a few movie scores and some video game music and a couple separate playlists of my favorite game soundtracks that have the ability to set a very certain mood for me while writing.
One of my stranger ways of dealing with the occasional writer’s block
Sometimes I like to pretend I’m composing a score to go with the story (I can’t write music. At all. I can hear music in my head sometimes and put together compositions in my mind every once in a while, but I can’t write it down and I only read Alto Clef, so….)
And then, as if I were the composer, I make up fake track names to go with the fake score. Which is what @crazyfanatic97 and I ended up doing today for the sheer heck of it, for a three-part trilogy collaboration of ours that’s been in the works for like almost two years now. So this is my (completely, 100% fake) soundtrack for this project.
Disc One: Remembrance 1. Prologue/Old Wounds 2. Optimus Always Knew 3. Moving Out/Calling Home 4. Supremacy 5. Banner Protocol 6. This is Madness 7. Here’s Where Things Get Tricky 8. Heck of a Proposal 9. I’m Still Here 10. Binary System 11. What Now? 12. Hacked 13. She’s Not Talking 14. Another Lead 15. We Need a New Plan 16. Catching a (Sound)Wave 17. He’s Out Now Bonus Track: Last Stand at the Oh No Corral