Writing is hard work. For me anyway. It is tough creating meaning out of a jumbled assortment of words. Very tough. One. Word. At. A. Time. Tough.
If I'm going to commit one, two or three hours to writing, I need to make sure I'm focused and in the mood. Otherwise, I'm staring into a blank screen and feeling rather pathetic.
So. What do I do to get in the mood to write? Lots and lots of research in the library. I listen to music or watch movies. Hey, this counts as research too. For those who are curious, I put together a playlist of some of the music I'm listening to while I'm getting into character for one of my manuscripts. I couldn't figure out how to put the playlist on my post, so the sample playlist is in my sidebar.
The funny thing is this, no matter how much I'm prepared to write, there is one thing I absolutely must have at all costs to succeed in my writing time -- Order. This is amusing to those who know me, since chaos and disorder is a constant in my household. But when I work, I need order. This means a clutter free work area, no glaring things to do hanging over my head, and calmness in the household. Ergo, things need to be picked up and I write at night. And that is what gets me in the mood. To write.
So what do you need to get into your creative mood?