Many authors write to music.
I'm not one of them.
After a day filled with noisy-traffic during busy school runs, exuberant toddler, chatty hubby-my sanctuary at night is my office, where I sit in blissful silence and start writing.
Not that I haven't tried.
I've played around with 'hot' music for sex scenes, Bollywood music while writing my RT award nominee set in India and general chill out stuff.
Don't like it.
The music ends up being an annoyance and a distraction from my characters.
Maybe it's because I'm an auditory writer (hear my characters' dialogue) and music interferes with that.
Though something I would like to try is making a playlist for a particular novel.
ie. gathering various songs together to set the ambiance for that particular novel and maybe playing it before I start writing. To get me in the mood, so to speak!
So all you writers out there...do you use playlists?
Popular artists for specific genres?
Song recommendations for subgenres?