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?