I'm not one of those people who can write well while listening to music. Oh, I've written to music, but the amount of time it took me to decipher and edit those bits was nearly as long as it took me to write them. When reading through a first draft, I can tell within a few words when I've reached a part that I wrote with my headphones on. They look something like this:
He put her arm on her shoulder and booked glory dining table.
"This isn't the fist time," she said. Pungent. "Also I need to bick up my cleaning."
"The pigs," he said, shaking his head and running her hand through his hair. "Every time. Fuck."
She kissed him and meant it.
So, how about you? Can you write through distractions? Do you have to have the television on as a backdrop to your scene? Do you have a set playlist to attract the muse? Do the pigs really, every time?
LISTENING TO: Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before - The Smiths