My daughter, Jessica, loves to write her novel with music blasting in her ears. I wondered how she could possibly concentrate with lyrics pouring into her brain. I like my surroundings to be peaceful when I write. Unfortunately I don't get this situation often. (Like right now when I have kids bouncing around on my bed!)
I remember, my old Creative Writing teacher turning on Classical music to inspire our most colorful prose. It did seem to spark my imagination, but I've never really repeated the exercise, until today. Jessica convinced me to try writing to some of my favorite songs. She helped me set up my playlist, handed me a pair of headphones and set me free to see what I could accomplish. I was amazed at how I could block out the other noise of the household and focus on what I was creating. I did start humming along, off key I'm sure, but I was able to compose more material than normal. I probably won't plug into the music all the time, but occasionally it's good to try a new approach. I'm glad I listened to my daughter.
Do you write to music? If so, what's your favorite? If not, what kind of environment do you need to be most productive?