Did a fair amount of writing this past weekend, which I’m happy about. I like to write to music, but not the same kind of music I may choose to drive around to, or work out to. If it has lyrics or too much of a driving rock beat I find myself distracted. So I go for some classical music, or, even more likely, movie soundtracks. These two are absolutely fantastic; I would be hard-pressed to have to decide which one I like best. Not just when it comes to background writing music, but just gut-wrenching epic stuff that grabs my heart strings and yanks them mercilessly. In fact, these are two I would happily drive around listening to, and have.
This is a great one for creepy background music too.
Finally, here’s a surprising instrumental offering that I like to have playing now and again as well, from what is probably, to most, a surprising source.
I know a lot of writers who do write to “regular” music. I can in a pinch, of course — I’ve learned to do pretty well with all manner of potential distractions. But it isn’t my preference. It’s one of those process things I’m always curious to know about when it comes to other people’s creative endeavors. Hell, I’ve heard of plenty of comics artists who talk about watching movies while they work, which has to mean mostly listening to movies. That’s one thing I don’t think I could do.
Anyone else care to weigh in with their habits?