Ever find it hard to get into the right mood to write?
Are there certain topics and/or eras that really emotionally drain you?
Can the research become overwhelming?
Do you have to psyche yourself up each time you sit down to write?
If you have spent as many years as my sister and I researching the Nazis and WWII in general. It takes a lot out of you to write a chapter. There are times I have found myself ready to pull out my hair. Other times my stomach just churns. I literally had to psyche myself up just to write. Don’t get my wrong I love writing things that are challenging. But at the same time they are extremely draining. That’s when I began having prep time for writing.
Personally my favorite thing to do to get me in the mood to write, is music. Music is a great way to get your creativity back. During the time I was writing TOS (The Other Sister) I listened to a lot of big band. It really helped me to get the feel of the era.
Now that I’ve started a new project, I’m trying to find the right music to help me write in this new time period. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.
This new project isn’t as emotionally demanding as some of my other work in the past. Yet I still want to give it my all. Even if it takes me a while longer to finish it or I have to do twice as many drafts as I did for TOS.
If you write a lot of period fiction, is there any particular music that helps you to get in the mood?