How do you get in the mood to write? For me its a dark room, a computer monitor and some music !
for me, it's not always about mood. Sometimes I need to force myself to write, so I just start writing. I find that if I have to put myself in the mood to write that my writing seems trite and forced.
i have bipolar 2. that means when the pendulum swings to the extreme high end, i get extremely creative. i dont have a problem getting in the mood to write...it is more a matter of trying to keep up with all the writing ideas. and deal with all the other creative urges that overwhelm me, like wanting to play music or paint or carve or sculpt or anything that is creative. but woe is me if i am in the middle of a writing project when the pendulum begins its swing to the low end of the spectrum. once it gets there, i cant write to save my life. i cant think of a thing, i cant put two words together. so i have simply come to terms with it. when in the high end i take advantage of it and write as much as i can...when it swings to the low end, i just sigh in frustration, put my thinking cap away and wait for it to return.
I live life and from living life comes inspiration. Then the ideas start flowing. The only problem is I may be in the mood to write but not necessarily capable of writing at that time. I have 3 kids running underfoot so I try to sneak writing in when they are in bed or playing quietly. But usually, just opening up my laptop puts me in the mood!
I think that feelings and emotions are important for writing. Of course a silent place is more important to concentrate, but the feelings that inspires to write is more important for me.
I first sketch out my inspirations...that in turn inspires me to write on the basic subject. But to write I need quiet uninterrupted time. So sketching in reflection instills in me my mood to write with that as reference.
Like you, I find music helps, but it has to be instrumental. Vocal music messes with my mind because I can't tune out the singer's words. Like Rembranz, artwork sometimes helps. I like drawing with pastels and photographing concepts related to my ideas. Like barbergirl28, I need uninterupted time at the computer. I have found that I am able to tune out most of my family's noise or relegate it to background noise. (It took a LOT of practice). I also like to to do idea mining. I mine my past writing to look for a different angle - hey, I've already done the research, why not re-apply it in a new way. I also like to see what's already out there, works by other authors to stimulate ideas. If I find that a certain subject hasn't really been answered to my satisfaction, I find that an intriguing area to start a new investigation. All it takes is enough information to get my writing juices going again.
I think my mood has a lot to do with my writing. If i feel a bit pent up then writing seems to calm me down a bit. If i have a lot on my mind, writing it down helps to make me feel better too. I have always got my music on while i write. x
Hmm, I can't say that I disagree in any way with what puts you in the mood to write. I do the same thing at times when I have a chance to write away on something that's my own. It doesn't necessarily put me in the mood though, it just helps keep my mood going. It's just a way to block out the outside world until you feel like letting it in again.
To be completely honest though, life is what inspires me (puts me in the mood) to write. This is why I finally started carrying around miniature composition notebooks so when I have a thought, a curiousness about something, a praise, a desire, or whatever-it-may-be, I write it down as food for thought. Once it's written down, I can always refer back to it for some inspiration - if needed.
Wow thank you for all the answers it seems all of us are similar in one way or another when it comes to getting in the mood for writing !
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Many times the inspiration just comes out of the blue. I will be driving down the road and thnking about something and there it is...what to write about. Listening to classical music can certainly inspire you to write better. There is something about it that brings creativity to the brain.
I write because I enjoy it. I'm almost always in the mood to do so. As far as setting up my atmosphere, I always go for my daily run first. The endorphins kick in giving me a clearer vision of what it is that I'm seeing unfold in my head. Other than that, I have to have a bag of sunflower seeds. They help me focus, and I find that I absent-mindedly smoke way too much when I'm reading or writing. If I'm in the mood for music, I put on either Apocalyptica of David Garret.That classical feel mixed with modern rock really drives me on. I can't listen to music with words. I find that I concentrate on the words rather than the story.
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