Someone asked me the other day what type of music I listen to while I write. It’s a simple question. There should be simple answer.
Naturally, that is not the case.
Music often sets the mood for my writing but I don’t listen to one particular genre when I’m doing it. I love alternative music. When I’m driving, my radio is generally blaring Papa Roach, Shinedown, Muse, or a slew of other bands. And I do, on occasion, listen to those bands when I write. Especially when I’m writing YA.
When I’m working on short stories, it just depends on the mood of the story. If the main character is a little goofy, I’ll put on some Bowling for Soup or even some Jimmy Buffett. If the main character is a snob, I’m all over the Top 40. If he/she is an outcast or feels like one anyway, I’m grooving to some punk.
There is some consistency. Revisions take more concentration. Revisions require jazz like Diana Krall or even classical, lots of Mozart. When I’m revising, I tend to get so wrapped up in the words that I need background music. Sometimes it’s something soft that moves me at just the right moment. Sometimes it can be something with hard percussion and loud overtures that demand I fix what I’m reading NOW! Either way, it helps me think. It calms me to the point that I can fix what needs fixing.
I love music. It’s my second favorite thing in this world (not including my family of course) behind writing. And I’ll listen to just about anything if the mood suits me or one of my characters. Music is one thing that stirs emotions, rips you apart and puts you back together again, and reminds you of you. That’s one thing everyone needs in this world.
What gets you grooving?