Music, music, music. I’ve always got some kind of tune playing while I clean, while I walk, while I do just about anything.
My family knows that if I’m sitting at my computer and I’ve got my Pandora blasting that I’m probably surfing Facebook or Twitter or writing a blog post or researching something or other for my book. But they also know if I’m at my computer and it’s perfectly quiet that I’m working on something important — my novel or freelance magazine or newspaper writing.
I’m one of those people who cannot write with music playing. Of any kind. Gone are the days when I used to pump up the television volume while doing my homework. I just can’t do it. I’m more successful writing while my kids are arguing than with music in the background.
Jen Calonita, the author of the YA series Secrets of My Hollywood Life, spoke at my local library yesterday and mentioned that she can only play background music while she writes. “If I put on music that I like, I’ll end up singing along to it,” she said.
Me too, although background music can be just as distracting.
How about you?