You need to keep the plot consistent, keep the characters in-character, make the descriptions compelling yet concise, write convincing and entertaining dialogue, and so much more...
All while life insists on happening in the background, dragging your mind away from the words on your screen.
So how do you block out all that noise, and keep your mind on your story?
Personally, I've found instrumental compilations to be absolutely invaluable. They help me stay focused for an hour or more, while making the process of writing more enjoyable and keeping the world's ambient noise at bay.
If you need help to concentrate on your work and to block out surrounding noise, here are some of my favorite one to two-hour instrumental compilations to help you keep your mind on your writing:
1 Hour of Dark Winter Music & Gothic Music
This hour-long compilation is one of my personal favorites; it's beautiful and atmospheric, the kind of thing you can just sink into for an hour and feel the tension draining out of you.
1 Hour of Elf Music
1 Hour of Fairy Music and Fantasy Game Music
These two collections of beautiful melodies are varied enough to be interesting, yet unobtrusive enough not to demand your attention.
Best Relaxing Piano Studio Ghibli Complete Collection 2016
As the name implies, this is a sweet and relaxing collection that will create a peaceful atmosphere for your work.
World's Most Breathtaking Piano Pieces | Contemporary Music Mix | Vol. 2
Beautiful and varied, this collection definitely earns its name.
2 Hours Epic Positive Music (Epic Fantasy Uplifting Orchestral Vocal)
This is a good one if you want some songs with a bit more energy to them. It contains a couple songs that have lyrics in English, but it's easy enough to skip over them if songs with words hurt your concentration.
World's Most Emotional Music | THE BEST OF MIX
Some of these are dramatic, some peaceful, all beautiful. As with the one above it, there are a few that have lyrics, but those are easily skipped.
I hope you found this collection helpful. If you have any instrumental compilations you'd like to share in order to help your fellow authors concentrate on their work, please feel free to share the links in the comments!