I don't listen to music while I write. Oh sure, I start off thinking I can but within five minutes I've lowered the volume to 0. I can't hear my own thoughts when I have external distractions.
But I have to give props to Florence and the Machine for motivating me to write Zoe. I felt like the spirit of their album captured the feeling of the book. Every day when I walked 5 miles in my office building I listened to "Hardest of Hearts", "Heavy in your Arms", and what else..."Cosmic Love". During my high intensity walks, I carved out ideas for characters and the direction of the story. I felt more connected to her, because Zoe isn't all that complicated--only her life is. Poor girl never trusted men, and now she's in a position where she is forced to.
During my walks with Florence I discovered one thing: I didn't have anything to write on when I was getting all these ideas. One time I was so desperate that I snatched a piece of paper off a copier and actually wrote down the idea with a charm on my bracelet so it would embed in the paper. In my defense, all the rooms were locked and yes, I did look for a pen. That's devotion.
The bottom line is the story went with me everywhere so I learned to go prepared with pen and paper at the ready.
What I do know is that I will never be able to hear another Florence song without thinking of Zoe.
LISTEN TO HARDEST OF HEARTS