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?



296 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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  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…


    • 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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  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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