Do you listen to music when you write?

Marie Sutton, author of The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham: A Civil Rights Landmark, once revealed at a See Jane Write workshop that she was able to muster the energy to write the chapters of her book each night (after a long day of work and taking care of her family) by listening to Kanye West.

I’ve never had much success listening to music while I write. I tend to do better in quiet spaces, although I can be quite production in a busy coffee shop, too.

Nevertheless, music is essential when it comes to accomplishing other goals of mine — especially those related to fitness. Sometimes I feel as if my body cannot and will not make the movements necessary to run unless great music is being pumped into my ears.

That’s why when I was training for this year’s Vulcan Run 10K, which I ran today, selecting the music for my running playlist was as essential as getting in enough short and long runs before the race.

I’ve share my playlist below in case you have a big run coming up, too!

Do you listen to music when you write?

What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while running?