I am one of those writers that absolutely must have music playing to write. The rare exception to this rule is when I am so far into the zone I probably wouldn't notice if a parade was going by the my writing table. I think my need for music is probably connected to my habit of writing in coffee shops. I need to plug something into my ears to block out all the hubbub around me -- the very hubbub that is ironically the very reason I like to write in coffee shops. I NEVER claimed to be a creature of logic, so just go with it.
While some of my favorite artists to write to a more mainstream, I tend to be drawn to indie folk/rock singer/songwriters and so my writing soundtrack often tends to be made up of really awesome people that the general music listening public has not always heard of. So, in no particular order, some really awesome music that helps me get into that writing groove. This is in no way a complete list and my current faves tend to evolve based on the particular writing project I am focusing on. (Click on any of the names to be taken to their websites.)
Not listed above is Tegan and Sara because I really couldn't decide on just one song and I thought it would probably be going a little overboard to list every song they'd every released. So, if you are not familiar with them, and you should be, because they are awesome, go check them out. They are really great to write angsty YA fiction to. Just sayin'.
So what do you find yourself listening to as you write? I'm always looking for awesome artists to add to my writing music playlist.
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