I find that it doesn't distract me nearly as much as other things. I like the music, it puts me into a peaceful state. I am not completely sold yet. I find that if there is a song that I really like, it captures my attention. I stop and listen instead of working.
I read on another blog that writing with music helps your mood. I find that when a happy song comes on that my mood is definitely lifted. I can feel a mental change in my thinking. It is really quite astonishing. The blog also says that you have to play around with which genres work for you. For me, writing with any song in the background that has words is difficult. I find myself wanting to sing along, or accidentally writing the words I listen to instead of my book. Maybe I just suck at multitasking.
I never listen to music [while I write]. I find music much too distracting. – JK Rowling.
I used to agree with her but now I am so torn. I guess I will continue to play with music and writing. I am editing so I don't need as much focus. Maybe this is why it has been helping me. I put together a little playlist of songs that stimulate my brain right now.
The River Flows in You- Yiruma
Pachelbel Meets U2- Jon Schmidt
Colors of the Wind- Marilyn Byrnes