Some authors need complete silence to write. Others prefer a background of a particular genre of movie or TV show. Still others prefer to write to music. I find myself waffling between the three categories. When I would write fan fiction, I sometimes found it useful to put on the films in the background. Listening to the soundtracks often got me in the mood to write. Then, during Nanowrimo 2010, I decided to make a “soundtrack” of songs that fit the theme and plot of the story. It worked really well and inspired me to write, and so I’ve carried on that method as I wrote other stories. Even with short stories and vignettes, I would pick a song to serve as a theme, so to speak.
Even though I didn’t set out to do so, I’ve already started doing that for my original novel. There is one song in particular that speaks to the main character, and I discovered another one today that also works very well. And so now I start the process of scouring my iTunes library to choose songs to be the “music for the words” while I write my first novel. It’s almost as fun as writing the story itself!