What Gets You in the Mood?

How do you get in the mood?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t want to. Others, I can’t wait to jump right in.

Writing. I’m talking about writing.

So many of my story and character ideas come from dreams so a lot of times I’m skipping any morning routine I pretend to follow to get right to my laptop.

This morning I kept my morning routine but threw on a different playlist. I like fun electronica, something that’ll make breakfast a dance party. This morning, I felt like I needed to get ready for war. I’m two days from my book deadline, so uber-productivity is a must.

Cue Music

Rather than the Lorde station, or Electronic Cardio that’s my go-to, I went with ‘Do You Even Lift Bro‘ a great playlist I typically use when I go to the gym. Since I don’t go to the gym (I workout at home) it’s been a little while since I’ve put this one on. Filled with 90’s hard rock and metal, it definitely put me in the mood to beat out some words (too soon?). Let’s be real, Pantera’s Strength Beyond Strength will get anyone in the mood to kick some @ss.


Usually, my writing playlist, filled with video game scores such as Halo and Skyrim, mixed with a little chill out station, is enough to get me in the zone. Give me a pair of headphones and some music streaming service, and I’m good to go. I don’t even need a writing implement. I’ll daydream my stories to death until I get the opportunity to write them down. Today, I needed a little something extra.

How do you align with your muse?

What tool’s do you absolutely HAVE TO HAVE to be productive? Any ideas of what I’m missing out on? How can I get more in touch with inspiration? Tell me in the comments 🙂

(My streaming service of choice is currently Amazon Prime Music. I pay for prime, I figured I might as well utilize all it gives me. Sorry Pandora.)

Photo by Enoch Appiah Jr. on Unsplash

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