One of the reasons I like listening to music is that it acts as a way to cancel out the ‘real world’ sounds. This means that I’m safe in my little, pre-chosen musical capsule and don’t have to worry about intrusions.
The other is major reason is that I can use the music to help me set the mood of the piece I’m writing. To be honest, I know a few people who are able to use this device far more successfully than me – but I do find listening to specific genres of music can help you channel the particular tone you’re going for.
I can see why people like to avoid it, especially listening to music with lyrics – they can try to creep their way into your sentences after all and I sometimes have to switch to instrumental pieces if my grip on a story is feeling shaky – but I can’t imagine how I’d manage without the help of some kind of music.
What really interests me are the people who say they just can’t concentrate at all when there’s music playing, the ones that basically need total silence and isolation to let their words flow properly – my question to them is, how do you manage to get the peace and time you need in the noisy world we live in?
I’m also really curious in general, how does it work for you? Do you need tunes to get typing or are you a silent scribbler?