I have to write in silence sadly but I do find music can be very inspiring for writing. Maybe a line from a song sparks an idea or makes a new character appear. Sometimes you are just chasing the feeling or tone of a song you’ve heard.
When I am stuck with writing, I like to go for a walk or get on the bus with my headphones in and hope that something will get knocked loose. Sometimes it works.
Music features quite a lot in Reported Missing so I made a playlist. Most of the songs are in it; the remainder played a big part in helping me get it written.
Quite a few of my all-time faves are in here.