How Do You Get In The Mood (To Write)?

How do you get in the mood?

No perverts and pervettes; I meant in the mood to write. (Please note: Any ladies wishing to discuss mood setting in non writing topics, please write via my Contact Me). Enough already.

Odd puppy that he is, Lonely Author has changed in his ability to write. Used to be I needed total silence. Now, I can write in the epicenter of a storm. (Still need to edit in total silence). For certain chapters (or scenes for my screenplays) I seek mood setting places.

For romantic scenes, I dim the lights and listen to soft jazz (Kenny G.) or love songs (Waiting For A Girl Like You, Lady In Red, My Heart Will Go On, and many others). When I want to write about an alluring woman, I begin with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

For dark moments I seek solitude. I once wrote a dark chapter locked in a closet. I exited sweaty, tearing, and exhausted. But the chapter had the mood I wanted to convey.

Dark Paradise, my novel waiting to be transferred from hand written notebooks to computer, written by candle light. While on a month vacation in the Dominican Republic (an island that suffers from power outages), I received the inspiration for a novel based on a serial killer who strikes when the lights go out and an American cop hired to stop him. The cop obviously, has one phobia – he is too proud to admit he is afraid of the dark.

I penned half of the book by candle light, setting the mood within myself.

How do you get in the mood to write?


302 thoughts on “How Do You Get In The Mood (To Write)?

  1. Pervettes LOL! You put the nail on the head about trying to convey a certain mood in writing….getting in the zone. Just like actors get in character to understand and portray their part better, a writer has to be able to describe the scene and emotions to set a better pic of it all.

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      1. My best time is in the morning when my mind is fresh; even before I exercise. But I usually don’t have a lot of time to write or set up a mood:( I just grab my lap top, get comfortable, and start writing whenever I get the chance to.

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  2. Your writing style is a charmer. I love this tub filled with roses.. candle light. Mmmm!
    Now I realize writing is part of my essence. Its like a faithful lover. The moment I sit down, or even if I’m among a crowd, a vivid story may start unfolding. The same phenomena when I’m admiring nature, or an event, I can totally see the drawing for a future painting. However, there are seasons when I can’t seem to write even a paragraph. When I have a block. But sooner or later, my faithful friend, will come knocking with an even greater inspiration flow.
    Your post are simply amazing. I always look forward to reading your…


    1. Thanks you so much for saying that. I try to train myself to find inspiration in everyday things. Nature, a photograph, and music. When we do that we will never run out of inspiration. Thanks for stopping by. Your comments made my day.


  3. Ah, a method writer. Excellent.

    Generally, my muses set the tone for me. All I can do is get out of the way and do as I’m told. Only when it comes to writing and doodling, though; otherwise, I’m quite contrary.

    Another inspiring post. You really are very good.

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  4. I don’t do well with silence.

    If I want to set the mood, it’s music, something like Lana Del Rey or Dinah Washington, or Miles Davis. I’ll put on a noir movie in the background, one I know well so I won’t be distracted by it.

    If I want lovely music on that is not to set the mood, just to accompany me and not distract, it is always Beethoven, usually the 7th or the 9th, or Satie

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      1. ! Most people think I’m crazy for it. But I don’t sleep well and turn on old noir movies when I sleep. They have a certain sound that just lulls me, and never wakes me up

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      1. Do you write well while drinking? I drink pretty moderately, but I have found that when I’m really stuck writing, a few glasses helps loosen things up

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  5. I love the idea by setting the mood for a dark piece by writing in closets or by candlelight. I never thought about it, but I think I write my best horror alone late at night. Thanks for the idea; I’m definitely trying this with my next spooky story.

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    1. Happy you haven’t uploaded it yet. Thank you so much. Perhaps you didn’t see my silly icon, but I don’t accept or participate in awards. My blog, marketing my work, and other time constraints hinder my ability to accept them. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I appreciate the gesture. I hope I haven’t offended.

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  6. Thank you for sharing 😊
    I have no set way.. it is always spur of the moment and my surroundings set my mind on fire.. I’m very passionate / emotional and I feel the moments and the words flow.. sometimes I pull over just to jot down some of my thoughts and continue later..
    I also shut down – total writers block when horribleness happens like this past summer..
    I enjoy it all 😊
    Hope life is being kind to you my friend 💕

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  7. Definitely,your book or diary written by candles at time n mood of darkness will be fantastic.i think dt it will be something as holywood movie “the hills have eyes”.in waiting for that.

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  8. This has me thinking. I believe you should repost this, or something similar and start this conversation up again about the creative process.
    Music, old movies, food, train stations, many things help put me in the mood, but one thing that never helps is how many write in coffee shops. Not the old timey diner coffee shops, but the loud Starbucks type places. It take a lot fo rme to go inward and get any amount of work done there. Mostly one liners, or haiku


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