I write at the moment with my earplugs snugly sitting in my ears listening to Jennifer Hudson’s ‘I got this’. I am tired and need and extra kick to keep me awake and motivated so I have put on a tune I absolutely love. The process of putting on my music in order to help me write has made me think about the different conditions I need to write. Only because I am tired am I able to work like this. I find when I am overly pumped and alert I have no need for music and it can be a distraction.
This blog is not to randomly written to ramble for the sake of meeting my post a day target. No instead it is to highlight the fact that as writers we need to gain and understanding of the way our bodies work so that we can write to the best of our ability. I have said and continue to say that you should not limit yourself to writing when you feel like it. The odd and fantastic moments of inspiration are great but we need to discipline ourselves and teach our minds to work no matter how we feel. Understanding that when I am tired I am still able to write but need the aid of music has changed my life.
You may need complete silence, or lavender or a clear desk, whatever it is find out what works for you and the way you need to change your environment to suit your moods. Writing like other skills needs to be worked on. We are athletes, but athletes of the mind so our mind muscles need training.