Background noise helps me write. Sometimes it’s the noise from outside. Usually, it’s music. I would listen to my music library via iTunes, or Pandora when I needed a change. Now, its iTunes Radio.
People know I’m a Apple Fanboy. I love Apple products because they just work. When I need them to work. They don’t take long to set up, maintain, or are replaced very often. iTunes Radio has grown on me now that I’ve been working from home. I started sampling their playlists on the iTunes Radio homepage, and got my holiday music fix from two channels.
I usually swap between a couple of channels when writing; The Grey Havens Radio and Chill Out: Ambient. If you like great fantasy soundtrack music, The Grey Havens is a great choice. Just need some ambient sounds to help you find a creative edge to your writing? Then try Chill Out.
But then, The Best of 2013 Singer/Songwriter popped up, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I don’t like every song that has played, and iTunes Radio has a handy feature to skip that song. Just like Pandora. And just like Pandora, iTunes Radio plays ads – but I don’t mind. It’s a free service, so they have to make it free somehow. I usually get up from my desk for a break during the commercials anyway.
So, what helps you write?