Do you have a playlist or particular album or type of music you listen to when you write? Does it help set the mood, motivate you, or just add background?
I use different music depending on what mood I'm going for in my work. I tend to lean towards movie soundtracks when I write. Music is instrumental to how I feel sometimes. (ohhh, see what I did there? lol )
No music when writing the initial draft. I need dead quiet.
But, when editing, I like to listen to classical music, chamber and symphonic. The only thing is, I can't work with any sort of vocal music--the voices and words are too much of a distraction.
I find Vaughan Williams' music particularly soothing and very effective for keeping me calm during the editing process. My favorites among his works include "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis," "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus," "The Lark Ascending," and any of the symphonies except #1 which is a choral piece. I love Sir John Barbirolli's recording of the 5th symphony especially.
Another favorite composer is Sibelius. Also good are Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok, Samuel Barber and many lesser known 20th century American composers like Walter Piston, Ned Rorem (also a fine memoirist) and David Diamond, plus great Baroque composers like J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi.
[i]I've got a cat, he's the other problem...typing is virtually impossible with a cat sat on your lap, especially when he keeps trying to 'kill' the mouse! [/i]
Ah, yes, I sympathize... I've got a cat, and I'll go pet him and he couldn't care less, but as soon as I sit down to write he comes over and says "AAAAHHH!!!! I'm so deprived!! Love me, cuddle me!!! PAY ATTENTION TO ME, I'M SO FRICKEN CUTE!!!"
Any tips for dealing with a bull mastiff who constantly uses his huge bear like head to knock my arm away from the keyboard every time I stop stroking him? I've tried to explain that my book sales are paying for his dog food but he doesn't seem to care.