That one generally works when I'm trying to write a scene that's supposed to be terrifying and intense.
That one generally doesn't. Though it does make pretty much anything funny.
For some people, classical music is the way to go:
For others, Rock and Roll
For others, something… else…
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that it's all a matter of personal preference. But, if you're using music or not, how can you make this work for you? I recommend using headphones, if you can stand such things on your head while you're trying to concentrate. Noise-cancelling headphones will… well… cancel out the outside noise that can invade your thought processes. What that means is whether you're using them for listing to your own music, or using them to block out everyone else's, they work.
You could also try earplugs, but I find the things to be hateful and intrusive.
|Pictured: Hateful in blue, intrusive in yellow.|
|Check the pawn shop… It's where computer speakers go to die without dignity.|
Again, the point here is not to say "you must write as I tell you…" but to say "this is how I do it, and it works for me. Might not work for you." I think, if you're just starting out, you owe it to yourself to try as many methods as you can. With music. Without music. With words, without. Only songs containing a rocking oboe solo. Only songs composed on a digeridoo.
|Pictured: Second most effective way to irritate EVERYONE.|
You get my point, right? Experiment! Figure out what works for you, and run with it. Adopt it as your own. And if you already have some advice on the soundtrack of your writing life, leave it below in the comments!