Yesterday the weather was insane!
The sky darkened and clouds rolled and swirled about. Winds picked up, and then the rain started falling. Coming down in buckets is an understatement! Thunder boomed so loud the house shook. Lightening zipped across the sky in jagged streaks, lighting everything up around it.
Some areas flooded so high that people had to be rescued from their cars, and even parts of certain roads were closed. Hail started falling, making the sky look green mixed through the black. In some places the hail was the size of golf balls, in others the size of quarters, and where we were the size of marbles.
I loved every second of it.
It really put me in the mood to write a murder or suspense scene. That got me thinking about all the different types of scenes we write and how hard it can be at times to get yourself in the mood. I remember when I used to write romance. I'd light candles, have a glass of wine, and sometimes play soft music in the background as I'd sit down to write a love scene. Making your senses come alive and thinking sensual can really get the creative juices flowing.
I'm thinking it's the same with any genre or different type scenes. For mystery suspense, maybe watch a scary movie or read something intense, then dim the lights and put spooky music on. For dramatic scenes watch or read or listen to something that moves you first. Maybe for something cozy, have a cup of cocoa or tea, light a fire, curl up in something warm and fuzzy then type away.
I know some of these suggestions sound a bit silly, but I do have to wonder if there is some merit to them. Creativity really does take inspiration and a bit of getting yourself in the mood to write words of any kind. Heightening our senses with what we hear, what we see, and what we do can only help. From soft lighting and music for mellow scenes to bright light and peppy music for action scenes, etc. I know when I listen to rock music when I'm working out, it gets my heart pumping faster and makes me more "active." And when I listen to a great love song it makes me melt. Even things like Liz's hands on research HAD to put her in the mood to write when she got home from her cruise. The same thing happens when we get home from a conference. We are itching to put our fingers to our keyboards.
So tell me. What puts you in the mood to write? Do you do anything special? And do certain situations put you in the mood to write certain types of scenes?