Music can support your writing in many different ways. Music can create a mood, can become a ritual that turns your mind towards writing, or can distract the mind so that inspiration is free to flow through. Many people create special writing soundtracks that either put them into the feeling place of their story, or helps them to relax, focus, and open.
You can also use music as a productivity tool. If you listen to music CDs when you write, don’t turn the repeat button on for continuous play. Even if you have a favorite CD that you could write to all day long, listen only on regular play. That way, every 45 to 55 minutes when the music stops, or you realize that it’s off, you’re reminded to get up from your computer and stretch, walk around, get water, and take a break. It’s too easy to write for hours on end without budging from the computer, but it’s better for your body to get up every hour or so and move. Your music coming to an end is a gentle reminder.
Do you listen to music when you write? What type of music do you listen to?