Music is a powerful thing. It influences our emotions and thoughts, sometimes without us even being aware of it. A lot of YA writers have soundtracks for their books—music they always listen to when they write certain scenes. My former writer’s group buddy, Bree Despain has a list of songs on her blog that add a specific mood to her books. It’s fun to see how the music and the story go together.
I’ve tried writing with a soundtrack a few times, but I found myself thinking about the music too much, and the songs actually influenced my stories more than I wanted them to. So now I prefer silence. When my kids are in school and the house is quiet, I can focus on my writing without any distractions.
I think I’m a minority when it comes to writing and music. What do you listen to when you write?