I have always loved listening to music. During high school, I loved to study the way that an instrumental score affected the drama onscreen during a movie. When you’re writing a book, the screen is playing inside your own head, and I know a lot of people who actually enjoy listening to music while they are reading. By extension, I know a lot of authors who find it helpful to have background music while they are creating their story worlds.
Many people ask me if I work better in silence or with music on. The truth is, I actually work better in silence. I love music, but I often have to separate my music from my writing. I need quiet when I write, and for that reason, I often do the bulk of my creative writing during the silent, early hours of the morning. Editing, however, is an entirely different matter. I almost have to have music while I’m editing.
I find that music heavily influences what I am writing, and that is why I like to write without it. I want the story to grow on its own, without outside influence, if that makes sense. Many readers, however, wonder if I have any set playlist that would work for The Collapse Series. I have a few favorite songs. Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons, Never Let me Go, by Florence and the Machine, Uprising by Muse and even a few songs by select country artists like The Band Perry. Music is another form of storytelling, and when used correctly, I think it can be a valuable asset to a writer.