I struggle with getting in the right frame of mind when it comes to writing. These tips help me, and I hope they will help you, too.
Writing scenes often requires setting one’s mind in the right mood. Some scenes are intense, some somber, some hysterical. As a writer, I can’t allow myself to travel the emotional roller coaster all the time. I can’t meditate on being angry or scared for the amount of time it takes to write a scene. But there are a few tricks I keep in my pocket to get me into the zone quickly.
1. Find the Right Song
Nothing can put me in the right frame of mind quicker than music. I usually pick a soundtrack of songs that fit the pacing and mood I need for certain scenes, then I can come back to the same songs next time I sit down to write. For Surviving the Stillness, my go to songs were Tenth Avenue North’s Worn, Shane and Shane’s Though You Slay Me, and Jars of…
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