But when you toss in random background noises, writing becomes impossible. Kids screaming, noisy conversations, a television blasting cartoons, someone constantly asking you for favors and tasks, etc., it all makes every sentence a painful task. And, if you're like me, you tell yourself things like I didn't get anything done because people were distracting me as an excuse for being a lazy writer.
Well, I have a solution for these things: ambience. Creating ambience makes writing possible in even the noisiest of locations.
I recommend finding a cafe or two that have atmospheres which help you focus. If you can't find one, there are plenty of online videos that provide cafe ambience. Here's a great one on YouTube.
Make sure that the cafe you choose doesn't play music with lyrics (or, if it does, make sure that it doesn't do so very often). A cafe that plays instrumental pieces will be far less likely to break through your concentration.
Calm Instrumental Music
There are a lot of instrumental artists out there (including yours truly) and some of them (not me) focus exclusively on creating very calm, unchanging tracks. There are so many artists I could recommend, but I'm just going to stick with my top three instrumental artists.
Mood-Setting Instrumental Music
This is something I reserve for creative writing. Music that has a specific mood can be excellent for getting in the zone and staying there until your piece is finished. While writing books like Chainbreaker, I used a lot of different instrumental songs--usually on a loop--to set the scene. For intense action scenes, I'd find music used in combat sequences during games or movies. For depressing, heartbreaking moments, I'd find a song from some of the best, most emotional games out there (Kingdom Hearts and The Last of Us, anyone?).
If you're interested, check out my playlist For the Creation on Google Play. I have hundreds of songs on there that you might want to add to your own mood-setting playlist. When you're looking to set the mood, just scroll through, find something that works for your scene, and put it on a loop until you're done writing the scene (or the mood shifts and a new song is required).
There are numerous resources out there for writers to use when it comes to creating the perfect ambient setting for their work. Whether you're forced to stay at home with artificial ambience or you're able to head into town and sit in a cafe, there's bound to be something out there for you. Hopefully, this collection of resources will give you some ideas that will ensure you're able to focus next time you sit down to write.