The sounds that seep into your reading and writing room will have a big influence on what gets done in there. Music can be stimulating to the creative process, but try to stick to music that has no chance of becoming a distraction. Other people are relaxed by the soothing abstract sounds of ocean waves or wind chimes. If you're lucky enough to live near these actual sounds, then open up those windows. If not, get a sound machine that can play all of the tones that inspire you to work, whether it's a babbling brook or a rainforest.