Listen to music.
Not while you write. Listening to music while you while you write won’t help you write more or better or faster (I mean, it might. I know how your process works. But this writing advice is for me, not you. You do whatever you want.) Listening to music while you write will interfere – distract. In order to get any actual writing done, you will have to force your brain to focus on the rhythm of your words on the page instead of the rhythms of the music playing in the background. You will, essentially, have to tune it out, and why turn on music only to tune it out?
Listening to music is not for helping you write. It’s for helping you imagine.
Music has a feel to it. It brings visions to life. It inspires.
When I run out of words for the blank page, sometimes I plow ahead anyway to see what happens. Other times, I put the pen aside and listen to music that reminds me of a character, an element of the world, a piece of the story, an important moment.
I listen. I imagine. It’s like dreaming. Drifting through endless possibilities. Roaming vast landscapes. Watching.
After a time, I can go back to the page and get back to work, with a better understanding of either what happens, what things look like, or who someone is.
Listening to music probably won’t help you write if you are, in fact, actually writing. But if you’re not writing . . .
Listening to music can turn not-writing into writing. Which is something I like very much.