Today was the day where I discovered, once and for all, that the song “Splish Splash, I Was Taking A Bath” does NOT go well with writing a scene where my main guy has just suffered some pretty major humiliation.
Not that there was ever any question about that.
Also, I discovered that it’s much easier to get in the head of a misfit who’s just been mocked by everyone he knows when my desktop background is vicious, like the one pictured here. Lightning strikes = OUCH. Soothing, green-more-suited-for-a-spa foliage complete with fresh, plump, hopeful water droplet? Not so much.
I’m glad to report that despite my set-backs (read: irritating music at Starbucks¹), I still managed to write a good chunk of the difficult scene today.
However, it was only after a) clearing the clutter from my living room, b) escaping from horrid music into a haven of silence, and c) morphing my desktop from tranquil to terrifying, that I actually made some solid progress. Some days, I can block out the stuff that pulls me from my WIP world. Today? Not so much. I had to work extra hard to put myself in a mood where I could conjure up a scene with authentic heart behind it.
So, I ask you: do you listen to music when you write, or do you prefer silence, like I do? Do you have any go-to music that helps you get into a writing mindset? Does anyone have any other tricks that help you settle into a scene (bonus points if said tricks are used to help you transition from an irritated, distracted mind to a focused one)?
Okay. I need to end this and let my poor Crazy Kitten out of his room, or else both the door and the carpet will be torn to shreds in a few minutes. Better guzzle my water before he sticks his cute little paw inside and spills it over everything.
¹Which, according to a friend who works there, I “have the power to change, if I just let them know I hate it” (something I would have remembered and taken full advantage of, had I not been prone to irritation this morning)