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.
I wrote most of the draft while listening to this particular version of Boccherini. (I think Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has an absolutely gorgeous soundtrack, and I've always loved both classical and instrumental music.)
Robin has always held a sort of woodsy, grounded feel to her as a character, and this version of this particular song gives me that exactly.
I love the Piano Guys, and I'm a bit of a Directioner. So it all works out in the end.
And, for a bonus, here's classic rock on cello.
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