I use music as my inspiration for all of my writing. Kelly Clarkson sang her way into my heart a few years ago, but now I am listening to a few different artists as I work on Ugly (working title). I am not alone in creating playlists to listen to as I write. In fact, many authors share their playlists with their readers via websites and Twitter.
Personally, I use music for many different reasons. Songs that I choose may help to create the mood I am working to create in my story; they help me to feel what I want my characters to feel. This is the way I work best, especially when I don't get too lost in searching for the right music.
Here are a few songs I am currently using as inspiration. What songs are you inspired by?