Over the last couple years I've heard other writers talk about soundtracks for their novels (music they write by) and while I've never put one together for any of my writing I think it's a cool idea.
And while for some, music is a distraction, for others it's part of our daily life. I know for me, I need some kind of noise when I write. When I'm really focused on the story, I tune everything out but I still like to have it on in the background. In fact, for my mystery novel, I write in our bedroom with the tv tuned to the XM radio station that plays music from the time of the story. It's a way of connecting with my MC since I'm listening to the music that she would have been listening to.
Thing is, music has a great power to influence our moods and our mood tends to influence our writing. So, if you are writing a romance, maybe a playlist of love songs would make the words flow easier. For fantasy, maybe some celtic music would put you in the mood.
Or, writing vampire fiction? Check out Nox Arcana and their "Transylvania" album. I call their music gothic but really like it.
I'm not sure what would go with a mystery but maybe some classical for a literary novel.
Anyone else come up with soundtracks for their novels? Got any suggestions?