Hi Jen, just found your blog and am excited to read about your experiences as a writer. Please have a look at my page for musical inspiration. Music plays such a huge role in my writing, both in the process and the plot/ characters in my first novel, and in my life in general, that I’m always keen to share when I find bands (or often these days singer/songwriter types) that move me.
Soundtracks work best for me. I like Howard Shore, Harry Gregson-Williams, Joseph LoDuca, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and James Horner. I guess it ultimately depends on what genre you write, but maybe these will help you out 🙂
For me instramental music works best…words destract me while I’m writing. I also try to listen to music that would evoke images that fit my story…maybe for yours the Romantic composers or Baroque would work best. Romantic would have some ‘gothic’ sounding pieces and Baroque is written to be very emotional. I love Pandora but sometimes they don’t have alot to offer in the more obscure genres…
Even though I don’t like country, I love the new music by Darius Rucker (remember Hootie and the Blowfish?) He went solo and is now on country labels. I can listen to his voice almost endlessly. ‘It Won’t Be Very Long’ is a fav. The music I need depends sometimes on what I am wanting to create. For peaceful solemn focus I will listen to gregorian chants. My music choices are so eclectic that you will find anything from Dean Martin to Night Ranger playing here.