So I'm wondering if people have different techniques they use to get themselves in a writing frame of mind?
I personally only write effectively in the morning, in a quite room, in a quiet house after a cup of coffee or two.. For some reason I never seem to be able to write in the evening. I've heard of a lot of people that like to use music to set the mood but it completely ruins my concentration to have any background sounds going on. Can't seem to write while traveling, on plane, train or passenger in a car, jsut can't focuse my decaying mind on it while in motion. I prefer working on a desktop compared to a laptop too, can't explain why that is, but it seems to make a difference to me. I have also tried, once or twice, to write while not 100% sober but have always found whatever I put on page like that infinitely deletable on rereading it.
So do you have rituals, times or preferences that help you be in a more creative mind-space or can y'all just crank out stories at any old time and under any conditions?
Post by thatcalamity on Mar 5, 2019 8:44:45 GMT -5
I don't have any specific rituals, but I know I write best when I'm well rested. Not just like that I got enough sleep, but that and fed and getting enough exercise. I can still write when I'm not rested, but it always feels stiff, though stiff words are better than no words.
I think that a lot of this is just practice. I'm usually writing down ideas at lunch or jotting down plot points while at a bar, where beer and background noise helps shut the inner editor up.
Post by Stephanie C on Mar 5, 2019 10:05:24 GMT -5
I don't really have rituals either but I definitely do better when I'm in a "working" frame of mind. Like, I'm more functioning during the days and evenings that I have my day job because my brain is already in that mode. I try to use that momentum to keep working on writing and editing and whatever I need to do.
I guess the most process-ey thing that I do is just make sure that I have lists where I know what I have to prioritize for my projects and do my best to focus on them.
When it comes to scripting there is ritual- at night, after my son is in bed so the place is quiet. Coffee is hot, cigarettes (I know, ew, unhealthy and gross) and mostly silence. Music is too distracting, occasionally a DVD of a TV show plays that can just run continuously in the background, something like Archer or the X-Files or the Sopranos. It's like a comfort or a security thing- something I've seen a million times and can tune out with ease, but it helps free my mind up for some reason. Daylight writing occasionally, more so for editing and cleaning stuff up.
If I'm outlining or taking notes that's an anytime thing. Note taking or developing stuff is often accomplished by taking a walk or doing the dishes, cleaning, some type of automatic behavior where I can zone out and my unconscious mind can do it's business. It's easier then to listen to the thing and let it tell what it wants to be or where it wants to go. Rather than tab A slot B kinda action, you let the story tell you what it is. I find a lot of "oh shit!" moments happen then.
Generally, I'm more capable of writing once the sun is down, if not even later at night. Music, through headphones, is a must for me, but its not about mood. When I really get writing, I tone the music out – couldn't possibly tell you what I was listening to. It more about drowning everything else out.
Post by thatcalamity on Mar 13, 2019 8:25:05 GMT -5
wait- I lied. I do have one ritual: I need music. NEED IT. I'll often create playlists that suit the story or character to help get into the right mindset. Video game soundtracks are great but so is atmospheric pop. The TV show Lucifer is a goldmine for great songs, as was Pretty Little Liars.
The closest thing I have to a ritual is being stone cold drooling on myself bored...I always try to keep pen and paper handy so that if something comes to me, mostly during work, I can jot it down and arrange and rearrange when I have time. Two downsides to this are I end up with a lot of random scraps of paper, and I then at some point have to type it out.