I like to listen to music while I write. Here’s a random list of the bands I find inspiring:
Rob Zombie – great for fight scenes and big “Michael Bay” style explosion scenes.
Muse – Works well for zombie/post apocalyptic writing.
Oingo Boingo – Any horror, but especially ghosts or zombies.
Rush – One of my favorite bands, I listen to them just for the mellow.
Daft Punk – Robots, cyberpunk or just some laid back beats.
Guano Apes – Similar to Zombie, but with a different edge.
Voltaire – A master of the antiquity, very good for 19th century settings.
Lisa Shaw – Such a great voice, mellow and good for backgrounds.
Kitaro – New Age, instrumental, and very moving.