Some writers can't write if there's any noise going on in the background, let alone music. Others, like Sonya Clark, just can't get in the writing groove without listening to a good song or two.
I'll admit, most times, I fit under the second category. But unlike some authors, who have playlists depending on mood, etc., I operate on a one-song-per-book basis. I like to find the song that seems to symbolize my characters and their budding relationship. Then I loop it while writing, or stop to listen to it as I'm trying to imagine what will happen next.
But sometimes, listening to your favourite song can be distracting. I know sometimes I end up singing along instead of writing. If you have the same problem, I recommend finding a song without words. The flow of the music will be the same, and if the emotion in the piece is good, it will have the same effect. I know that not everyone is a fan of classical music. Some find it tedious and boring. My advice to you? Find a good contemporary musician. They do exist. Thanks to a post by L. K. Below, I think I might have found mine in Mitchell Carrington.
What about you? Do you prefer to write with music or without?