One of the things I try to enforce as a writer (that I learned from LTUE and that I hope my “A Day in the Life of…” guest series has taught) is that there is no one way to be a writer. Everyone has different writing schedules and different distractions, just like how everyone has different ways to inspire themselves.
For me, I have to listen to music. Now, I know a lot of authors cannot listen to music while writing. Some have tv or movies on in the background, and some need absolute silence. But I need music to write. I can’t write in silence, and tv is usually too distracting.
So what music do I listen to? It depends on my mood and how much focus I have. On a good day, I can listen to just about anything and still get writing done. On a bad day like today where I have little to no focus? I can’t have music with words. I can only listen to scores. And it has to be quiet. If the noise gets too chaotic, I lose focus.
Typically, I listen to movie scores. My favorites are Star Wars The Force Awakens, Inside Out, and How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2. I also started listening to the soundtrack to the CW’s show The Flash. I love the music to that show. Also, Adam Young (aka Owl City!) started releasing his own scores. My personal favorite is the RMS Titanic one. It’s AMAZING.
When I can listen to music with words, my go to artist is Of Monsters and Men. Owl City is another favorite, and so is Us the Duo. I can listen to Phillip Phillips when I can handle the dog singing along, which isn’t often.
Other occasional favorites are the Avengers score, Captain America score, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. score, Agent Carter score, and Pokémon Reorchestrated.
What do you do to help you focus when writing?