When I visit with people at the various book signings I attend, some new authors or people who want to try their hand at writing are always curious about the environment in which I write.
In his book, On Writing (which I highly recommend), Stephen King mentions that he normally and prefers to write in a room with the door closed but with some type of classic hard rock (AC/DC) blasting from speakers.
I'm a little different. I have a multiple monitor setup and often when I'm writing I will have some movie or television show playing on one monitor while writing on the other. Whatever I'm streaming is usually something I've seen before, often a series where I particularly like the writing or characters. An example of this would be Showtime's Shameless since I've seen all of the episodes repeatedly and I think 90% of the work on the show is genius level (by everyone involved from the writers to the actors).
Sometimes I feel like listening to music and so I will imagine that the novel I'm working on has been turned into a movie, and try to pick out some songs which would fit on the soundtrack. For instance, I'm working on a book about a supernatural or weird western twist on the Doc Holliday story. My playlist for that one includes the songs in the list below (in case you don't know them I'll also put the YouTube video for it and then the link to where the song can be bought on Amazon if you'd like) as well as some others. If you'll notice, the genres are mixed but each of them fit a scene I have in my mind. Often, if I know I'm going to work on a certain book on a day, I'll listen to the playlist songs to get me in the mood and to start the ideas flowing.
- Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent – Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Too Old to Die Young by Brother Dege- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Rattlin' Bones by Kasey Chambers- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- The Last Gunfighter Ballad by Guy Clark- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- The Way We Move by Langhorne Slim- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Spinning Like a Top by The Devil Makes Three- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Up the Wolves by The Mountain Goats- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Fool's Gold by The Damn Quails- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon
- Life by the Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughan- Watch on Youtube – Buy from Amazon