I spend a lot of time alone, whether it's at the apartment or in the car driving. As a result, I listen to a lot of music, both on the radio and on my own playlists. I also listen to music when I write.
I recently finished a very long (very difficult, most difficult writing thing I've done since I finished my first novel years ago) rewrite shortly after Christmas, and thought I'd share some of the songs I listened to while I was knee-deep in edits and implementing new plot points.
Writers can be a little odd. We have quirks, habits, and routines that might raise a few eyebrows, but the idea usually comes back around to whatever works for that writer, works for that writer.
If I'm going to have a marathon writing day, there's usually a few things I need. A good cup of coffee is the first, followed by a place to work (either in the apartment or somewhere I feel I can get work done with minimal distractions). The last and certainly not least thing on the list? Music. Sometimes the music is there to be a personal soundtrack for a specific character. Other times it's to help set either the tone of the scene or set the scene itself. While I might use a variety of songs, there's always core set of two or three that I come back to, especially when it gets difficult to get the words out.
Here's a few of my go-to YouTube selections from when I first drafted LADY OF SHERWOOD.
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