Jacqueline Vick spent her childhood plotting ways to murder her Barbie doll. Mystery writing proved a more productive outlet. She is the author of over twenty novels and short stories including the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mystery series.
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I have a confession to make. I work, think and play best to…silence.
I know, I know. I’ve tried. I had Foster make a compilation of super sappy music for those moments when the protagonist was going through an emotional moment. You know. Those heart-wrenching songs that you listened to in high school after breaking up with your boyfriend that made you feel as if someone understood your pain. (Not realizing that this was mere child’s play compared to the traumas that came with adult life.)
It helped set the mood a little, but I found that I was turning on Brian Eno’s ambient music instead. Something soothing, but not enough to put one to sleep.
The problem with meditative music is that it goes best with meditating, not the frenetic thinking that goes with working out a new plot.
When I listen to music, which is not often, the songs make me think about when I first heard that song, or what a good guitar rift that was. I’ll pretty much listen to anything except pop music and anything with a thumping beat that makes my ears ring. Electronic dance music? Not a chance.
What about you? Is there music that brings out your writing productivity?