I'm starting a new book. I usually write by the seat of my pants. I literally think 'I want to write a... (insert type of book here)'... open up a new word document... and start to write. There's my planning stage. LOL. This one is a second book to a western I just finished that I am now editing to submit in a few weeks. I'm prone to series. I will admit that right now. I love reading them, I love writing them, and I wanted to write about this guy's brother. LOL. That's all I had in mind when I opened a new document. A story about Navarro's brother River that is a busted up ex-rodeo star.
It's a contemporary western. I need to get in the mood which got me wondering what other people do to get in the mood. Me? I pulled out the CD's I have. I popped them into my computer, downloaded songs from them into my MP3 player, and turned it up loud. I use headphones because everyone is sleeping. I tend to write late. I love to dance. I probably shouldn't admit that but it helps get rid of 'writer's butt'. LOL. So I downloaded my CD's to said Mp3 player, got up, and danced around. LOL. Then I sat down and wrote out the first chapter listening to the same songs. (Hey, don't knock it. I've lost 25 pounds this year making myself dance! LOL)
Song list includes - Bob Seger's Fire Down Below (I love Bob! I listen to a few of his songs actually), Joe Cocker's You Can Leave Your Hat On (Yes, I giggle at his last name), The Chemicals Between Us by Bush, I Want To Be A Cowboy by Kid Rock.... just to name a few. LOL. It puts me in the right mindset to write. I put them on my playlist and listen to the music while I write. It keeps me zoned in on the story, the characters, and keeps me from getting distracted by the cats playing or the neighbors driving past or whatever else is going on around me.
I took a little break and it got me thinking... I wonder how weird I am??? LOL. So I thought I'd ask what other people do to 'get in the mood' when they write. Do you do things to get in the mood? Does it just 'come to you' or do you do things to put yourself into your writing 'zone'??? I'd love to hear it if you're willing to share it. LOL!