Same thing with movies. The soundtrack makes such a HUGE difference in a tv show or a movie. I remember when I first started watching Supernatural. I was stunned by how amazing the soundtrack was. I kept watching because of that.
Since music was SO important, I was amazed at myself for not creating a musical playlist for writing my novel until last year. I mean, that's SO much wasted time without the soundtrack to my scene, which is a critical writing tool I haven't been able to write without.
I have multiple playlists I keep on my Grooveshark (free music player) account, which divide some playlists by which WIP I'm working on or which mood I'm going for. I'm telling you guys. It makes all the difference in the world. So lately on Sundays, I've been going to Starbucks, grabbing my iced coffee, popping in headphones, and transforming completely into my writing world.
I've also recently started doing a Musical Mondays blog post on my blog. Basically, it gives ANY writer the ability to share their writing playlist for a finished manuscript. So far it seems like everyone has really enjoyed hearing what others are listening to while they write. You can check out the most recent Musical Monday here.
What works for you guys? Do you listen to a writing playlist while you write? Is it organized by genre? Mood? WIP? Or do you prefer quiet? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. In case you're curious, here is one of my writing playlists.