Can I write without music?
Certainly. I learned that the hard way when my poor computer died.
Do I write better with music?
You bet your buttons.
Music doesn’t just help to cut out distractions. It also inspire – evokes images, moods, even entire characters.
Here, for your inspirational pleasure, are the current soundtracks for The Sundered (you can read the first chapter here) via Pandora radio:
http://bit.ly/8jOX5m – Middle Eastern electronica influences, laid back, very evocative, based on “Spring Arrives” by Azam Ali.
http://bit.ly/5RZoYZ – Electronica influences, vocal-centric aesthetic, heavy syncopation and dirty electric guitar riffs, based on “Every Day is Exactly the Same” by Nine Inch Nails.
I hope these get your creative engines started the way they do mine.