I work either in complete silence, or I create a play list with music appropriate for whatever I am working on. This was true in the 1980s and 1990s when I did a lot of coding, it is still true for my world building, and it will hold true for writing novels.
For my NaNoWriMo project, the playlist is currently this:
- Let it whip by The Dazz Band
- Earth Died Screaming by Tom Waits
- Where Evil Grows by The Poppy Family
- Cities in Dust by Siouxsie & The Banshees
- Control by Traci Lords
- Love Removal Machine by The Cult
- Burn by Sister Machine Gun
- Baby Did A Bad Thing by Chris Isaak
- Masked Ball by Jocelyn Pook
- When Worlds Divide by The Clutters
- Clash City Girl also by The Clutters
- Black is The Night (Code RMX) by Code
- Go! by Tones to Tail
- iam the sun by auto-auto
- Great Balls of Fire by Buddy Holly
- Cock the Hammer by Cypress Hill
- Last Action Hero by Tesla
- Mass Destruction (Single Mix) by Faithless
- Oops Oh My by Tweet
- Edge of Reality by Elvis Presley
- Bitch by the Rolling Stones
- Hammer to Fall by Queen
- Gimme The Prize also by Queen
- Armageddeon Time by The Clash
- NYc’s like a Graveyard by the Moldy Peaches
Needless to say, not all of these have a direct relation to the story. Some do. The selection is as much intended to just keep me focused on fast writing as it is on putting me in the right mood.
Once I am done with the novel, it may be fun to point out what parts of it I thought about when I picked the music. Of all the things that distinguishes movies from novels I think having a sound track is probably the greatest advantage for movies, and the least appreciated by the average consumer.
Anyway. Eta 36 hours.