I have to share this site I discovered. It’s called myNoise and it lets you play ambient sounds to help you focus or relax or whatever you want. There are so many different sounds available and you can combine them to make new ones!
Last night I was trying to write a scene that takes place inside the Daily Prophet, and I went to this site to find something to help me focus. I used three different sounds to basically create the inside of the Daily Prophet.
First I took Cafe/Restaurant and turned down all the clinking dishes and all other noises but the voices.
I then added Factory (or Industrial Revolution–it seems to have two names) to add the sounds of a printing press.
Lastly, I added Fireworks and turned most of them down to low, sporadic blasts, to give the illusion of wands occasionally producing spells.
It’s so perfect. Exactly what I would expect that environment to sound like. I’m never writing without this site again! I’m going to continue creating environments for every scene I want to write. I highly recommend this to every writer and will definitely be donating in the future.