When I was younger I had a playlist (on the old winamp) full of ambient and melodic music that I needed in order to write my stories. Nowadays I need total silence. I know a lot of authors like to have appropriate mood music playing that helps them write particular scenes. But for me, the music is a distraction. Especially if it's music I know well. My fingers would rather play along to the music as though the keyboard were a piano and all sorts of nonsense comes out on the page. I don't know why or how this changed for me but it makes me sad. Silence is very isolating. But I feel that in that silence I am more observant, more alert, and able to fully submerge myself in my makebelieves. Do you prefer writing to music or some other form of background noise, or like me, do you need total silence?