I've always wished I knew more about music. I don't play any instruments. I can't sing. I honestly don't know the difference between pitch and tone. Many of my friends took band and choir when we were younger, so they all understand it and love it, but I, on the other hand, always stuck with art classes. I wish it had not had to be one or the other, because now look at me. I can sketch a tree, sure, but compose a piece of music? Ha.
So, up until recently, music didn't have much to do with my writing process. Sometimes I'd play a movie that I'd seen a thousand times and that gave me pretty images for my WIP (Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?) but other than that I'd usually just sit in silence. I can still do that--write with only the soundtrack of my imagination. But, when I discovered the right kind of music, it became much more fun to write to a tangible collection of songs. (It's a bit like reading, you know? If a person doesn't like reading, it's probably because he or she hasn't found the right book yet.)
I started out with listening to classical music while I studied (it helps improve focus AND raise IQ, you know) and then switched over to movie soundtracks and etc. And so, with the help of some friends and some searching on my own, I've compiled this playlist for my novel. (Well, most of this playlist--I couldn't find a few of the songs on Youtube.) I'm pretty happy with it, but it could always use more. Let me know if you can think of any songs that would fit well with this selection! I'd love to hear your suggestions. (:
Do you listen to music while you write? What's your favorite writing song?