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Other than taking piano lessons for several years and playing the flute in high school, I can't say I've been all that creative. Once my piano lessons got to the point where I was expected to start putting chords to the music, I hit a wall. Ask me to draw something and you'll get the definition of an incredulous look in return. Want me to come up with a creative idea? My mind turns into a blank sheet of paper and I can't seem to find the pens, pencils, or crayons.
So as far as creating things, I'm a bit of a dud. Honestly, some days I don't know how I get story ideas (and a lot of days I fear I'll never get a good idea to write about again).
But that doesn't mean that creative disciplines, such as music, don't impact me. On the contrary, I can hardly write unless I have some jam going.
If I'm writing a placid scene, I tend to select some classical music. For upbeat, happy scenes, I have a whole playlist of Irish jigs (those also work if I just need to type really fast). Battle scene? Time for some movie soundtracks or rock. (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Marvel for the former; for the latter, Styx, Journey, Skillet, and Bon Jovi, to name a few).
Sometimes music just provides a steady rhythm for my fingers to tap out as I type. Other times, it provides some inspiration or helps me to conjure up more emotion for a difficult scene.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what's your favorite genre or author? Why/how does it help you?