It’s a strange thing, but I need to have music playing while I write. Right now it’s Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. In fact I have always needed music to work well at writing or anything else. (When in a shared workspace I use headphones.) If there’s no music I am easily distracted and completely lose my focus. It’s as if the music occupies the parts of my mind that would otherwise be distracting me from work.
Why should one distraction defeat another? I wonder if anyone has ever done scientific research on that?