I found myself in a bit of a situation the other evening. I had an assignment due for my class the next day, and I just wasn't happy with what I'd written. It was riddled with cliches, there were huge paragraphs of exposition, and most importantly, my main character was really flat and generic. I had an idea of how I wanted to approach the rewrite, but I found myself just staring at the blank page, paralyzed. I couldn't begin. Sitting at my computer, faced with a fresh page, I still couldn't get past the words cluttering up the previous ones.
So, I tried something I've never tried before. I usually prefer to write in silence, so I don't get distracted by conversations or lyrics. But this time, I thought for a while about my MC, and about the theme of my book, and I decided to try listening to a song that kind of touched on that idea.
It worked. The words started flowing, and I finished with something that, if not perfect, was definitely a solid draft - a huge improvement over the version I had started with.
I had to stop the music after a while because it did get distracting eventually, but it got me started. So next time you hit a wall, try putting in some music that would fit in the world of your book, and see if it's enough to get you over that hump and into the next thousand words.
Have you tried writing with music? Did it help or hinder you?