I’ve read it in at least a dozen different places. It has sparked numerous debates on whether or not it even helps a writer out. What I’m talking about here is a little music in the background for inspiration’s sake. I’m from the school of thought that it inspires and motivates the writer. Other writers might argue that it is an unnecessary distraction. I suppose that it comes down to a judgment call for each of us.
For me, I listen to everything and it shines through in my work. When I write children’s stories I like to listen to Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Holst, and John Williams. For fantasy works I enjoy some good Holst, or an album from Two Steps From Hell. For my latest sci-fi/thriller, Hunter Cell (due out very soon), I went with tunes that embodied the scenes and characters. Below is a playlist of music that I used to help shape my characters and the overall story. If it relates to a character I’ve added that persona next to each:
Paper Doll The Mills’ Brothers
China Girl David Bowie (Ivy)
Cowboys From Hell Pantera (Rider, Judge, Sledge)
It’s No Good Depeche Mode (Ivy)
The Assassin Iron Maiden (Katana)
Primal Concrete Sledge Pantera (Sledge)
Galaxia Gypsie Kings (Sledge, Rider)
More Human Than Human White Zombie (Steam Punk)
Looks That Kill Motley Cru (Max)
Night Shift The Commodores (Sledge)
Destructo Two Steps From Hell (Cerberus Group: Jagger, Troy, Dominic and Borg)
Barrel Of A Gun Depeche Mode (Pat McGarren)
The Last Stand Two Steps From Hell
I use the cloud player on Amazon for easy transport, but these tunes are available everywhere. What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you view music as a help or hindrance when you’re working on a project?