Before I became a full-time writer, I thought music was too distracting to play while I was writing.
I thought I needed absolute silence.
Then I got a job as a staff writer, and suddenly I couldn’t hear myself think.
Stuck in the middle of a bustling open-plan office, I quickly discovered that if I wanted to focus and meet my tight writing deadlines, I needed music.
But not just any music. If it’s too slow, your mind can wander. Too fast, and you can’t concentrate. Too personally meaningful, and you’ll experience the emotion in the music instead of putting it down on the page.
The right writing playlist takes a little planning.