When you write (or blog), do you prefer to have background noise or the peace of silence? I have read where some published authors write with a specific type of music playing in the background, and others prefer the silence and hearing their own internal literary voice.
For me personally I prefer the silence, although I have occasionally been writing with music in the background (whatever is currently on shuffle on my iPod). If it’s raining I like to get my pen and paper and write while listening to it. Other times I have written when there was a power blackout. There was something I found so calming to write without any background noise at all (no fan, tv, light or anything).
Tell me (or share your stories): what’s your preferred writing backdrop noise? Does music help to emphasise your writing mojo, or does it become a distraction?