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    Your writing "mode"

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by crimsonrose, Apr 8, 2009.

    In order to feel that I am prepared to immerse myself into the world of my story, I've gotta have a big glass of something to drink, can't have snacks or I get distracted. I've got to be in my bedroom, and the light has to be fairly dimmed. My door also has to be closed, and I have to have some sort of my music playing very gently in the background, or every little noise I hear distracts me.

    I write best at night, past midnight, when half the world is sleeping. Its very peaceful. I always have msn messenger open, and I always have firefox open. If I am in a writing mood but am not inspired, I read up on books about improving your writing, and then form better detailed outlines of my story, or chapter summaries, until I am in the "zone" enough to write.

    What gets you into your writing mode?
     
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    Very loud music, usually classical :)
    And I have to feel comfortable - no fashionable outfits for me while I'm writing in private! Sweats are the way to go.
    But if I'm writing in public, like a park, I have to look like a model.

    I make no sense.
     
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    Ha, don't get me started. Just eating out at a fast food place, and I have to dress fancy as possible. Tis the other way I express myself. lol

    Because of this, as soon as I get home, it's off with the uncomfies and into my pjs for me.
     
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    Often times to get in the mood I have to study a few pages of a novel.

    Sometimes I like music, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I can't write if music is playing.
     
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    Writing on a comfortable place, like a sofa, with music and being all alone.
     
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    Some music in the background and just to work on it, I could either start writing more or read through and edit and old part. What ever I do, I always get into the 'zone' very quickly and get into it.
     
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    Music - classical music - usually sets the tone for me. Just love associating a story with a particular piece. Then I have to have hours of uncluttered, uninterrupted time to sit down and start writing. I pray passionately for inspiration right now :) or else. No, strike the latter bit, but it seems once I have the opening paragraph down, there's no stopping after that.

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    Damn right! I always listern to Moonlight Sonata before writing.
    It just puts me in the mood for doing anything creative.

    But once I start; it is anything I like: R.E.M., Nirvana, Foo Figthers, Snow Patrol, Tool - it's all good to me.
     
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    Losing My Religion is a fave of mine. As is most things my Tool. Puscifer, Maynard's current third of fourth side project, is amazing.

    Classical music... I lvoe it but I haven't tried writing to it yet. Silly me! That would certainly inspire me too. Pfft.

    And for epic scenes, any version of Requium for a Dream is very inspirational. Makes ya feel epic-like :D
     
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    Oui. Sometimes reading an online bit of Twilight does it for me. I don't like the series, but that's why. Meyer still managed to get it published, and worked very hard at it, and this I find it inspiring.
     
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    weird but depends, if its poetry i like music behind, blues or something in a saxophone but for stories i don't like any noise, of course i've learnt to cope around a household of kids...the headphones and blank stares help me
     
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    I work best with the TV going in the background. Music grabs my thoughts too readily (yeah, I'm strange that way), and I cannot have anyone striking up a conversation with me.

    Dead silence is also way too distracting. TV becomes white noise, as long as it isn't one of my favorite shows.
     
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    YES! Yes! Oh god yes!

    It's a pet-peve of mine, having someone talk to me when I'm writing.

    I get very angry with them when they do. even when I'm interrupted for judgement, like my girlfriend asking me which I prefer Bones or Cold Case. my instant reaction - even without thinking - would be Bones, but the fact that I was disturbed infuriates me.

    And about dead silence? You are the luckist man alive. I am never, no matter what I do, around total silence and I sometimes wish i was.
     
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    Nah, that's not strange. With the music, I mean. I have to listen to music that I've had for more than a few months, with lyrics that have already been thoroughly analyzed. Otherwise, I find that my thoughts drift too easily towards the meaning of what I'm listening to. I can't do shallow music. It's gotta be deep meanings or nothing at all.

    With the t.v., I'm not so talented as you, apparently. Haha. I have to have it off. It could be the bloody Disney chanel and I'm still sucked into it within moments. My mind wants me to procrastinate, I tell you.
     
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    lol yes at conversations, sadly my daughter stands there and stares until i answer, ...wrapped i am :(
     
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    I usually blast a white noise soundtrack like a waterfall or thunderstorm to cover up any household noises. I work in a dimly lit room and I sit cross legged on my chair. I have a mini fridge next to me and I will take out a can of diet pepsi every now and then - but it eventually gets warm because I get lost in what I'm writing and forget to drink it.
     
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    Does she do the "daddy. daddy. daddy. daddy. daddy" thing until you reply?
     
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    nope , just stares with those big brown eyes.
     
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    That.. sounds heavenly. I may have to try that a few times, though sans the mini fridge, because I do not own one.

    My fiance does... Once I move in with him, I get to use it. W00t. And it's just steps from the bedroom where I write.
     
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    No wonder you don't like it. What person can resist that?
     
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    i like the idea of a thunderstorm or rain, probably stemming from my meteorological days when they used to tell me to go outside during a thunderstorm hold a metal hand-held wind-speed indicator while on top of a roof. i'm unsure of the logic of that, but i still liked the thunderstorms
     
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    I LOVE that song. It always makes me so emotional, in the mood to write something deep. Also Evanesence's first CD.

    I'm strange, either I can write with the world coming down around me and not notice a bit, or I have to be locked inside of my room, no music, no sound, dim lights, no distractions. A lot of the time though I write with Avatar (the last airbender) playing in the background. For some reason Aang's voice makes me cheerful. Lol.
     
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    I can write anywhere except home. Silence, music, conversation, whatever. Just let me glance over the bills that are due next week and I get all kinds of inspiration.
     
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    For me - it's music to shut out my household, reasonably loud, nestled under my quilt in PJs and laptop on my my laptop and a Word Documnet open in front of me. But what is odd is that I have to have some from of online instant messaging application open so I can still talk to people about stuff/inspirations it's really weird.
     
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    heh, I should have added that. I always have msn messenger on. Must look like I have no life... Prolly because I don't. :D I "need" it to discuss story ideas and exchange inspirational deviantart links with my writer friend.
     

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