What I'm reading: Snow Blind, by PJ Tracy
And, thanks, Terry, for your great post. Wonderful bears!
Every writer has "ideal" writing conditions. Some like crowded, busy venues, others sequester themselves in closet-sized rooms. Some want to be outdoors. Some write in the early morning hours; others can't create until well after the sun goes down. Some like a cup of coffee, while others might prefer a more potent libation.
I find I tend to edit in the morning, and develop my full head of 'new material' steam in the late afternoon. I think it's a subconscious knowledge that I've done all the "real life" stuff and won't have any more interruptions.
I also have my writing music playlist. It runs for an hour, so I know how long I've been working when it's finished. It's familiar, so my brain doesn't pay attention to it on a conscious level.
I thought I'd share my playlist along with the 'why' of my choices, and how they relate to my work. I was trying to figure out how to get my iTunes playlist onto Blogger, but when blog crawling (Thanks, Mason Canyon!) I saw Playlist.com, another option and gave it a try. Fingers crossed that it works. I wasn't able to find one of the cuts from my Clannad album, and that's probably the only melody nobody would recognize, but I figured I'd give embedding the playlist a shot. And I've listed the songs as well, along with what they inspired.
Bridge Over Troubled Water ... Simon & Garfunkel
This was a basic theme for Finding Sarah – Sarah wanted total independence; Randy had to make her understand she could rely on others.
Building A Mystery ... Sarah McLachlan
A mood piece. An early fan fiction author introduced me to her.
Canon in D Major ... Johann Pacelbel
This turned up in When Danger Calls.
City of New Orleans ... Arlo Guthrie
Easy rhythm, easy listening.
Desperado ... The Eagles
Provided 'angst' moments for heroes, especially Ryan in When Danger Calls.
For My Lady ... Moody Blues
Inspired Words, my first short story (once I realized it wasn't going to be a humorous piece)
I Am A Rock ... Simon & Garfunkel
Provided insights into Sarah's back story for Finding Sarah
Leader of the Band ... Dan Fogelberg
Lyric line provided the 'click' moment for Blake in What's in a Name?
Scarborough Fair/Canticle ... Simon & Garfunkel
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor Op 13 (Pathetique)... Beethoven
Heard this and knew Randy in Finding Sarah could play piano. It became a turning point for him when he played it in the book
Sound of Silence ... Simon & Garfunkel
Mood piece; back story for Sarah in Finding Sarah
Take it to the Limit ... The Eagles
When I heard it, I knew characters would have to dance with it somewhere. Ended up as a "h/h first meet" scene in When Danger Calls.
Thios Cois na Tra Dom ...Clannad
Mood piece – have no clue what the Gaelic lyrics mean. Couldn't find it on the Playlist site.
What a Wonderful World ...Louis Armstrong
Mood piece. Dreamy quality.
Your Wildest Dreams ... Moody Blues
Lyrics provide character inspiration in general. No specific character; bits in several of them.
So - what's your writing (or working) environment like?