From an early age we both devoured countless tomes of the written word. Open a book, set yourself free.
Word Crafters we've read (in no particular order—
Anna Sewell, Robert Newton Peck, Charles Dickens, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs, Tanya Huff, Tamora Pierce, and Faith Hunter, Weis & Hickman, David and Leigh Eddings, Tolkien, Mercedes Lackey, Raymond E. Feist, Orson Scott Card, J. K. Rowling, ED Greenwood, Paolini, Robert Cormier, Carly Marino, Hanleigh Bradley, Judy Blume, Bryce Courtenay, Wilson Rawls, Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert.
E. L. Reedy — Music can free you from distractions, or to borrow a quote from The Last Samurai, “Too many mind.” And like your mind when you listen, much of it is free. My gaming headphones, my pad and pen (I’m old fashioned–I write my rough drafts by hand) and enter my writing trance.
A. M. Wade — Instrumentals take lead, or soft vocals, or even at times, some much heavier creations, when I write, edit or type. I am as savvy with a screen as with a paper pad.