I once read that Stephen King loves to listen to rock music while he writes. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. I get too distracted by lyrics and, well, words.
However, I do actually love to listen to music while I work. For me, scores work well.
When I say “score,” I’m talking about movie music. Not the soundtrack, those tend to have songs with words. I’m actually talking about the music you hear during the movie. I guess you could call it the background music.
Oftentimes the score of a movie is filled with emotion and can really help with my pacing of a story. The natural cadence of the film score correlates well with my own sense of rising and falling action. Sometimes I’ll save an especially resonate song for an important scene, a scene that needs me in a heightened emotional state.
My scores of choice? I currently adore the Cloud Atlas score. It is fantastic. I’m also a big fan of Last of the Mohicans, Tron: Legacy, Thor, The Fountain, any Doctor Who from 2008 on, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the last three seasons of Sherlock.
Scores allow me to remain engaged but not distracted, which is perfect for my writing style.
Even if you’re not a writer, do you have a favorite score? Please do share!