Up front, I have to say that I don’t usually listen to music as I write. I find it too distracting. If I’m writing in a public place that has music, I try and tune it out.
When I get in my car, though, it’s a different story. I think about my project, and I’m influenced by what’s on the radio or in my cd deck. If it’s dance music, I’m thinking action scenes. If it’s grunge, I think of verbal confrontations. Peppy pop music makes me think of fun times the characters have together. And love songs, well, that’s easy.
When I’m having trouble with a project, I seek out an album that seems to reflect my stories or my characters. On my last project, it seemed like I listened to nothing but Tina Turner.
Do you listen to music while you write? Does any kind of music influence you more than others? Ever write a novel set to a particular album?