Music is a big part of my writing process; I have the earbuds in most all of the time when jamming through pages of text.
The categories of what I shove in my ears would be as follows:
- Christian Hard Rock – typified by my favorite band, Red (Just got their new album “of Beauty and Rage”, awesome). Also Day of Fire and Building 429 are favs.
- More Hard Rock – Stuff like Linkin Park. I’m a huge Evanescence fan as well.
- Classic Christian Rock – nobody plays this stuff anymore; like Dogs of Peace, early Kutless and Justifide (9 out of 10 is a true classic metal song). Jaci Velasquez, anybody?
- Movie soundtracks – I have a collection of full soundtracks and bits/pieces of others. It’s fun to play the Iron Man 3 soundtrack or Gravity and see how many times the mood of the piece matches my character or setting mood in the book.
- Classical – I’m a huge Rachmaninoff fan. Can’t play Piano Concerto No. 2 enough.
- Old pop – still loving Depeche Mode, REM and Seal in a pinch. “World in my Eyes” is a personal favorite.
People have asked me about when I find writing most productive. Since I’m a night owl, I tend to get rolling at my keyboard after the kids are in bed and things are quieting down. Then, around midnight, that burst of energy kicks in and I can roll on until 2 or 3 A.M. on bad days.
Here in quiet Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it’s far from a 24/7 lifestyle… very far. I remember living in Southern California and running out at 2 A.M. to get some burritos and a coke. Not so much anymore. Oh, well.
I was very glad for the time afforded to me this past May as a result of a total hip replacement! I was able to really focus on finishing my first full-length novel Swords of Fire and work up an outline for future installments in the saga of my main character, retired Sergeant Chris Carter.
I expect I’ll always be using the “me time” surrounding the midnight hour, with or without caffeine.